The Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Institute for Global Development supports a range of conceptual, policy-focused, and programmatic work. We facilitate innovative research, outreach, and instruction on campus and beyond.
Catalyzing both theoretical and applied social science research, our projects address issues ranging from economic inequality to discursive politics, contributing to Cornell’s leadership in global development.
Established in 2001 within the Department of Development Sociology, the Polson Institute has enhanced and extended the efforts of the department members, creating space for collaboration within and between Development Sociology, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Cornell University community. Through seminars, workshops, and grants we not only plant seeds for research and academic collaboration, but contribute to educational opportunities for students outside of the classroom.
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