FSI researchers want to understand how citizens’ identities shape societies. This includes the implications of human trafficking and migration. 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 for an increasingly diverse European Union? On the policy front, measures to protect security are examined for their implications on a society and its values.
The Europe Center embodies much of FSI’s examination of society, 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 includes geriatric cultures—what are the demographics and economics 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.