Environment

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

Productivity Dispersion and Persistence Among the World's Most Numerous Firms

April 2020

Marshall Burke and fellow researchers study productivity in smallholder farms to understand variation across the adbundant but understudied firms.

What Determines Climate Policy Preferences if Reducing Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Is a Global Public Good?

February 2020

Many international policy problems, including climate change, have been characterized as global public goods.

Weakly Supervised Deep Learning for Segmentation of Remote Sensing Imagery

January 2020

Accurate automated segmentation of remote sensing data could benefit applications from land cover mapping and agricultural monitoring to urban development surveyal and disaster damage assessment....

Other Publications

Le nouveau rêve américain : du Maghreb à la Californie

June 2019

Dans ce travail d'ethnographie urbaine qui la conduit de San Francisco à la Silicon Valley, de Los Angeles à San Diego, Marie-Pierre Ulloa se penche sur les diasporas maghrébines qui se sont...

Is it Possible to Say No to China? The Case of the Kirchner-Cepernic Dams in Argentine Patagonia

April 2019

This case analyzes Argentinian President Macri’s decision to continue or suspend the construction of two mega dams financed by Chinese banks in the Santa Cruz River.

Tax brown energy or subsidize green? The choice is easy

February 2019

Progressive Democrats assert that the Green New Deal is the best way to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.But this claim ignores the fact that subsidizing “green” energy technologies, such as...

News

Going Nuclear on Climate Change?

May 2020

Three inter-related reasons why nuclear power cannot address our planetary crisis: time, money, and risk.

COVID-19 Could Exacerbate Food Insecurity Around the World, Stanford Expert Warns

May 2020

COVID-19 and other looming threats could make it much harder for people to access food. David Lobell, director of Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment, outlines likely scenarios and...

Events

A Critical Analysis Of The Nuclear Waste Management Consequences For Small Modular Reactors

May 27, 2020

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Anarchic Bargain: Power Trajectories and the Trade-off Motivating Order Formation

May 20, 2020

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COVID-19 and Policy Responses in South and Southeast Asia

May 13, 2020

This event is via Zoom Webinar.

Projects

Environmental

English

Interdisciplinary Research on Introducing Heat-Tolerant Wheat to Bolster Food Security

The project is supported under the NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES Fellows) program, with the goal of helping to enable discoveries needed to inform actions...
English

Multimedia

Interview with Chris Barrett

March 2020

Chris Barrett, Professor of Applied Economics and Management and an International Professor of Agriculture with Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, visited FSE and spoke about "Innovation Needed to Meet Global Food Security...

Innovation Needed to Meet Global Food Security Challenges

February 2020

Agricultural and development economist Christopher B.

India's Transition: Was Coleridge Right?

November 2019

Junaid Ahmad, the World Bank Country Director for India, looks at the political economy of managing service delivery in India through the prism of water.

People

Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Frank Wolak PESD Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Philip Taubman Lecturer
W. Richard Scott Professor, Sociology, Emeritus
David Freyberg Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
John Meyer Professor, Sociology, Emeritus
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
Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus, 1940-2018
Francisco Ramirez Professor, Education
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law