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Polson Institute for Global Development

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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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Polson Institute Offering Visiting Faculty Program

Aug 31, 2016
The Polson Institute for Global Development in the Department of Development Sociology is planning to institute a Visiting Faculty Program on a three year trial basis. The program will begin in the spring of 2017. The main objective of the program is to expand graduate course offerings in the department and the faculty resources available to our graduate students. A secondary objective of the program is to provide opportunities for faculty and/or graduate students to work with visiting faculty on joint projects.
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Call for Proposals - Polson Small Grants Program

Aug 9, 2016
The Polson Institute small grant program is designed to support activities in the field of development at different spatial scales, as well as special lectures, workshops and seminars The deadline for applications for the Polson Institute's Fall 2016 Small Grant is October 1, 2016, with awards announced by November 1, 2016.  Find more information and the Proposal Form on our Call for Proposals page.

Call for Proposals - Research Working Group Grants

Aug 8, 2016
Faculty, senior associates, and graduate students are encouraged to form Research Working Groups in areas of mutual scholarly interest. Research Working Groups involve collaborations among Development Sociology faculty and graduate students, faculty and graduate students in other departments at Cornell, and scholars and development practitioners throughout the world. The deadline for applications for Fall 2016 is October 1, 2016, with awards announced November 1, 2016.  Find more information on Research Working Groups and the application process on our Research Working Groups page.

Land Grabbing as a Project of Subject Formation

May 11, 2015
Presenters: Shelley Feldman (Cornell University); Alia Gana (Research Institute of Contemporary Maghreb (IRMC), Tunis; Natalia Gutkowski (UC, Santa Cruz); Mustafa Koc (Ryerson University, Canada; Louise Silberling, Cornell University. Read more

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