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.

Recent Publications

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An assessment of wheat yield sensitivity and breeding gains in hot environments

December 2012

Genetic improvements in heat tolerance of wheat provide a potential adaptation response to long-term warming trends, and may also boost yields in wheat-growing areas already subject to heat stress....

Climate Change and Global Health: Quantifying a Growing Ethical Crisis

November 2007

Climate change, as an environmental hazard operating at the global scale, poses a unique and "involuntary exposure" to many societies, and therefore represents possibly the largest health inequity...

Amazonia Revealed: Forest Degradation and Loss of Ecosystem Goods and Services in the Amazon Basin

February 2007

The Amazon Basin is one of the world's most important bioregions, harboring a rich array of plant and animal species and offering a wealth of goods and services to society.

Unleashing the Genius of the Genome to Feed the Developing World

December 2005

The prospect of another agricultural revolution evokes both hope and fear.

Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior

July 2005

Global society is seriously threatened by the environmental impacts of human activities.

Fugitive Salmon: Assessing the Risks of Escaped Fish from Net-Pen Aquaculture

May 2005

Agricultural Sustainability and Intensive Production Practices

August 2002

A doubling in global food demand projected for the next 50 years poses huge challenges for the sustainability both of food production and of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and the services they...

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.

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.

Wage Trends in Rice Production on Java: 1976-1988

August 1990

Lack of consensus among researchers in Indonesia concerning real wage trends in rice production has generated disagreement over rural labour market conditions on Java.

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
Ertharin Cousin Payne Distinguished Lecturer, FSI Distinguished Fellow, FSE, Distinguished Fellow, CDDRL
Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar
Johan Swinnen Affiliate
Matthew Boswell Special Programs, REAP