We confront the most urgent and complex challenges facing people and the planet.

By uniting critical scholarship and practice at the intersections of agricultural, environmental, life, and social sciences, we advance a more equitable, sustainable, and food-secure world for all. Side-by-side with our diverse network of global and community partners, we engage in education with impact and create a flourishing world now and for future generations.

With a focus on education with impact, our transdisciplinary approach emphasizes real-world engagement on a global scale — with communities in New York State, across the United States, and around the world. Our dynamic learning atmosphere and academic culture goes beyond purely technical work to provide a balance of skill-building and analytical coursework toward transformative solutions.

A multidisciplinary approach

The world is complex. But we believe understanding is possible.

Wellbeing and inclusion

“A World that Leaves No One Behind”

Studying the causes, manifestations and consequences of poverty and inequality in the global political economy, the histories and legacies of development projects, and alternative models to promote wellbeing

Environmental sustainability

“A Greener World and Greener Economies”

Addressing strategies to mitigate or reverse the effects of climate change, helping people and communities adapt to new environmental realities, and researching the social and political dimensions of human-environment interactions

Food and nutritional security

“Sustainable and Sustaining Food Systems”

Identifying pathways to sustainable food systems while investigating the social and political dynamics of these systems across the cycle from cultivation to distribution, consumption, and recycling

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Global Development welcomes MPS class of 2024
Cornell Global Development is pleased to announce its Master of Professional Studies (MPS) class of 2024 . This year’s program will provide in-depth training to students who are mid-career professionals, scholars and aspiring development...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
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Field Note

Meet Taryn Chung '26 , a New York City native, immersing herself in the realm of food systems research with Cornell's Food Systems & Global Change research group within the Department of Global Development. Taryn is a Laidlaw Scholar majoring in...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Climate Change
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Field Note

A joint project between Cornell and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) is preparing agricultural students to develop skills, knowledge and abilities in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management for Puerto Rico...
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  • Department of Global Development

Land acknowledgement

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York State and the United States of America. 

We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.