Stanford University’s Center on Food Security and the Environment addresses critical global issues of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation by generating vital knowledge and policy-relevant solutions. An interdisciplinary team of scholars accomplishes this mission through:
FSE is a joint effort of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
At FSE's core is an, interdisciplinary team of scholars from departments such as economics, political science, biology, civil and environmental engineering, law, earth sciences, medicine, anthropology, education, and history. FSE is engaged in over 20 research projects, and offers courses for graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford interested in issues of hunger, rural development, global resource and environmental degradation, agricultural technology, climate impacts on food security, and agricultural trade and policy.
FSE provides direct science and policy advising to international development and aid institutions, the international agricultural research centers (CGIAR), the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), environmental non-profit organizations, private sector firms, and leading groups in the agriculture and environment arenas.
FSE is directed by Rosamond L. Naylor and deputy director David Lobell. Naylor received her PhD from Stanford’s Food Research Institute in 1989, and is now William Wrigley Professor in Earth Science. Her interdisciplinary approach to teaching has resulted in popular courses such as the World Food Economy and Human Society and Environmental Change. Lobell is Associate Professor of Environmental Earth Systems Science and the William Wrigley Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
FSE is a joint center between the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment (Woods). Many of the center's core researchers have senior fellow appointments within FSI, Woods, and/or professorial positions within university departments.
Rosamond L. Naylor, Director
Michelle Horton, Communications & External Relations
Lori McVay, Associate Director for Finance and Administration