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This event is supported by the CALS Office for Diversity and Inclusion and is part of the CALS Dean’s Inclusive Excellence Seminar Series, which highlights academic excellence through inclusive science and creates a platform for extended discussions on how our science can and should be transformative in leading to best practices and policies that support social, economic, environmental and climate justice.

The CALS Dean’s Inclusive Excellence Seminar Series and the Department of Global Development present: A conversation with Chuan Liao, Ph.D.

Talk abstract:

Equity and inclusion are at the core of evaluating ongoing efforts to pursue sustainable development goals. It is therefore crucial to examine the nature, process, and outcomes of ongoing socioeconomic and environmental transformations and their implications on equity, inclusion, and justice. Using examples on energy transition, pastoral systems, and global land rush, this presentation discusses how to apply an integrated data science-driven approach to examine human-environment interactions and analyze their sustainability and justice outcomes from local to global levels. The findings advance the field of development studies by undertaking joint assessment of socio-ecological system outcomes, and provide science-based solutions for addressing ongoing systemic challenges faced by historically marginalized and disadvantaged communities globally.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Chuan Liao is an environmental social scientist with expertise in global development, sustainability, food & agricultural systems, and data science. He works on topics that include land tenure and land use change, livestock systems, community-based natural resources management, and sustainable energy transition. His research includes both theoretical and empirical work, and he has carried out research in East Africa and Central Asia. His recent work has appeared in Science, Nature Food, Development and Change, among other journals. Dr. Liao holds a PhD in Natural Resources and Environment from Cornell University. He is Editor-in-Chief of World Development, and sits on the international advisory board of Journal of Peasant Studies.


Date & Time

February 10, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


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Hannah Beardsley

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Chuan Liao, Ph.D.


Department of Global Development

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