Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

Value of Natural Pest Control Services in Agriculture, The

December 1997

Life itself as well as the entire human economy depends on goods and services provided by earth's natural systems.

Recent Policy Influences on Rice Production

December 1991

This chapter reviews the complex set of relationships among rice strategies, policy instruments, economic variables, and food policy objectives as they have evolved since the early 1970s.

Other Publications

Indonesia at a Crossroads

May 1999

It is a large country with a volatile, multi-ethnic population, held together for decades by authoritarian rule and a strong military.

News

At climate symposium, Kennedy posits global warming as most serious worldwide threat

June 2004

Speaking at a June 24 joint conference sponsored by the Brookings Institution and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, CESP senior fellow Donald Kennedy warned of the pressing need to address...

CESP senior fellows receive funding from the Presidential Fund to support the launch of the new program on Food Security and the Environment

February 2006

The project, "Feeding the World in the 21st Century: Exploring the Connections Between Food Production, Health, Environmental Resources and International Security," was one of eight projects to be...

Without public investment, the food crisis will only get worse, Naylor, Falcon say in Boston Review

September 2008

FSE director Rosamond Naylor and deputy director Walter Falcon discuss the food crisis in a lead article in the September/October 2008 issue of Boston Review.

Events

FSE remembers Phillip James Falcon; memorial service planned for February 6

February 6, 2010

A memorial service for Phillip is planned for 10:30 am on Saturday, February 6th, in the Bechtel Room within Encina Hall, Stanford University.

African Agricultural R&D and Productivity Growth in a Global Setting

October 6, 2011

Trends in productivity and investments in technology. Survey of constraints to productivity, incentives and investment, and opportunities to raise productivity.

12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Environment & Security

January 18, 2012

FSE director Roz Naylor will be a plenary speaker at the National Council for Science and Education's 12th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Environment & Security.

People

Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education
Pamela Matson Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, FSE Affiliated Faculty Professor, Earth Sciences, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute
Johan Swinnen Affiliate
Ertharin Cousin Visiting Scholar, FSE Visiting Scholar, FSE
Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar
Matthew Boswell Special Programs, REAP