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Catalyzing innovative research and instruction on global development.

The Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Institute for Global Development supports theoretical and applied social science research. We fund projects and working groups that 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.

Banner image courtesy of David Sasaki on Flickr.

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LEAD NY Advances Team Building Around the World

Jan 25, 2019

Effective, well-functioning teams don’t come together by happenstance – just ask team-building expert Larry Van De Valk, senior extension associate in the Department of Development Sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Read more

Blog - Enrichment through presentation with Noelle LaDue '19

Nov 1, 2018

Written by Noelle LaDue
On November 20th I presented at the ASA Sociology of Development section’s annual conference with Sidney Madsen, a DSoc graduate student, on research we conducted this past summer. Our talk was titled “Co-production of knowledge using semi-structured interviews: Experiences from collaboration with farmer researchers in a participatory agroecology project in Malawi.”
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