Working to improve lives, reduce inequality and protect the environment
The world is complex, and the challenges can seem overwhelming. Here in the Department of Global Development, we unlock the energies and talents of experts from a range of disciplines to address some of the biggest problems facing humanity. We know solutions are hard. But we never stop asking questions, seeking answers and partnering with people and communities to make life better, everywhere.
With a focus on education with impact, our transdisciplinary approach emphasizes real-world engagement with communities in New York state and around the globe. Our dynamic learning atmosphere and academic culture goes beyond purely technical work to provide deep analysis and transformative solutions.
This is what we do. We catalyze change and provoke fresh understanding. We develop next-generation leaders through engaged and active learning that connects students with field experiences. This is who we are. We are committed to justice, to science, to people and we never stop striving to make direct social impact all around the globe.
Catalyzing change to build a more just world.
Students in Global Development engage with life-changing research and social impact through our two majors, four minors, innovative graduate programs, impact-driven professional development and projects spanning 30+ countries.
The world is complex. But we believe understanding is possible.
We take a multidisciplinary approach to tackle the biggest challenges of our time.
Food Security & Nutrition
Feeding 9 billion people by 2050
Understanding human behavior and interactions
Rural & community development
Solving local problems with homegrown solutions
Sustaining a healthy Earth
Gender, race and ethnicity
Fighting for equality for everyone, everywhere
Confronting the cycle of poverty
Education & leadership
Cultivating next-generation leaders
Breeding crops for a food-secure world
Studying the structure of the human population
On the international stage
A home of global thought leaders.
We work to build an equitable, environmentally sustainable world through boots-on-the-ground practice, cutting edge research, innovative teaching and community-based extension.
Making a sustainable impact
Recent insights, news and events in the Department of Global Development
Migrations: A Global Grand Challenge, part of Global Cornell, has won a three-year, $5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative that will bring together scholars across the university and beyond to study the links between racism, dispossession and migration.
Researchers posing those questions were among more than 20 awarded grants last fall by the Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS). In total, two dozen projects led by scholars spanning 11 colleges and schools – on diverse topics ranging from...