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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.

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Social & Economic Transformations Affecting Rural People and Communities in Central & Eastern Europe Since 1990

Dec 19, 2014
EDITED BY
Barbora Babjaková, Anna Bandlerová, David L. Brown, Andrzej Kaleta, Laszlo J. Kulcsar, Joachim Singelmann Proceedings of Research Conference
Organized by:
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra – Faculty of European Studies and Regional Development, Slovakia, Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun, Poland & the Polson Institute for Global Development at Cornell University, USA
In Nitra – Slovakia, September 2–3, 2013     Read more
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Polson Institute Working Group produce Special Issue on New Enclosures

Nov 19, 2013
A forthcoming special issue of Rural Sociology dedicated to "new enclosures" of land is available on-line. Guest editors are Charles Geisler and Fouad Makki and it includes articles from DSOC faculty Geisler, Makki, and Phil McMichael. The special issue is the product of a Polson Institute-sponsored Research Working Group on New Enclosures, started in 2011. Read more
ISS' Contested Landscapes' Symposium

ISS' Contested Landscapes' Symposium

Nov 8, 2013
Agrarian Violence Within Brazil Since the Redemocratization -- Artur Zimerman, Visiting Scholar from Federal University of ABC Region, Brazil. A paper addressing violence stemming from land disputes in Brazil after 1985 will be discussed. Read more
ISS' Contested Landscapes' Symposium

ISS' Contested Landscapes' Symposium

Nov 1, 2013
Anti-Biotech Movements in the European Union – A Talk Given by Franz Seifert, University of Vienna Austria. This event is cosponsored by the Institute for the Social Sciences, Cornell Institute for European Studies, Development Sociology and the Polson Institute for Global Development. Read more
ISS' Contested Landscapes' Symposium

ISS' Contested Landscapes' Symposium

Oct 25, 2013
Land Governance in Postwar South Sudan
A presentation given by David Deng, South Sudan Law Society. This event is cosponsored by the Institute for the Social Sciences, Development Sociology and the Polson Institute for Global Development. Read more

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