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Environment

FSI scholars approach their research on the environment from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Center on Food Security and the Environment weighs the connection between climate change and agriculture; the impact of biofuel expansion on land and food supply; how to increase crop yields without expanding agricultural lands; and the trends in aquaculture. FSE’s research spans the globe – from the potential of smallholder irrigation to reduce hunger and improve development in sub-Saharan Africa to the devastation of drought on Iowa farms. David Lobell, a senior fellow at FSI and a recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, has looked at the impacts of increasing wheat and corn crops in Africa, South Asia, Mexico and the United States; and has studied the effects of extreme heat on the world’s staple crops.

Scholarly Publications

Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve

March 2015

Most people in the world today think democracy and gender equality are good, and that violence and wealth inequality are bad.

Ethnic differences in the relationship between insulin sensitivity and insulin response

December 2013

Abstract:OBJECTIVE Human blood glucose levels have likely evolved toward their current point of stability over hundreds of thousands of years.

Mass Support for Global Climate Agreements Depends on Institutional Design

July 2013

Effective climate mitigation requires international cooperation, and these global efforts need broad public support to be sustainable over the long run.

Other Publications

The Effect of National Factors on the Statebuilding Outcome in Fragile, Non-Permissive Environments (I/III)

January 2013

The policy brief presents a crucial lesson on the dynamics of statebuilding in an unstable, fragile state environment: the impact of international actions and resources on the statebuilding outcome...

Wer hilft den Opfern?

August 2011

Der diesjährige "Freedom in the World"-Bericht des Forschungsinstituts "Freedom House" weist bereits zum fünften Jahr in Folge auf einen alarmierenden Rückgang von Freiheit, Demokratie und Achtung...

News

The Europe Center October 2014 Newsletter

October 2014

 The Europe Center Graduate Student Grant CompetitionCall for Proposals:The Europe Center is pleased to announce the Fall 2014 Graduate Student Grant Competition for graduate and professional...

Journal Article: "Mass Support for Global Climate Agreements Depends on Institutional Design", written by Michael Bechtel and Kenneth Scheve

August 2013

Political Science professors Kenneth Scheve (Stanford) and Michael Bechtel's (University of Gallen) article on global climate agreements looks at how costs and distribution, participation, and...

Five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

October 2012

With the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney set to focus on foreign policy, researchers from the Freeman Spogli Institute ask the questions they want answered and...

Events

Expulsions: Inequality's Fifth Circle

May 2, 2012

In the last two decades there has been a sharp growth in the numbers of people that have been “expelled,” numbers far larger than the newly “incorporated” middle classes of countries such as India...

The European and Global Economic Crisis: "The Eurozone Crisis and Prospects for Future European Integration or Disintegration"

October 12, 2011

Synopsis: Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House, delivered the following talk in The Europe Center series “The European and Global Economic Crisis”.

Projects

The Cult of the Cross in Byzantium

My dissertation discusses the cult of the cross in the Byzantine Empire from the reign of its first emperor Constantine the Great (r.
English

Semantic Information Systems and Visualization

Business InformaticsIn today’s businesses information technology plays a central role.
English

Nuclear Proliferation, Nuclear Safety, and the Transport of Hazardous Material

Under the leadership of CISAC Consulting Professor George Bunn and Fritz Steinhausler (University of Salzburg), a visiting professor at CISAC and IIS, the European Forum and CISAC co-sponsored...
English

People

Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus