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Sustainable development

Scholarly Publications

Solar-powered Drip Irrigation Enhances Food Security in the Sudano-Sahel

January 2010

Meeting the food needs of Africa's growing population over the next half-century will require technologies that significantly improve rural livelihoods at minimal environmental cost.

Oil and Governance: State-owned Enterprises and the World Energy Supply

January 2012

National oil companies (NOCs) produce most of the world’s oil and natural gas and bankroll governments across the globe.

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...

Other Publications

Three Key Obstacles to Cookstove Adoption (And How to Overcome Them)

December 2009

The article discusses the role of commercial ventures in improving access to improved biomass stoves.

Weak on Warming

February 2002

In recent years, the U.S. debate on global warming policy has been stymied by the unachievable goals of the Kyoto Protocol. Cutting U.S.

Convergence of Energy and Agriculture: Implications for Research and Policy

November 2006

Access to an adequate energy supply at reasonable cost is crucial for sustained economic growth.

News

PESD Program Hosts "The Political Economy of Power Market Reform"

February 2003

On February 19-20, 2003, the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) hosted a major conference on the Political Economy of Power Market Reform at the Institute for International...

David Victor quoted in "Forging Links to Natural Gas From Abroad" in New York Times

September 2003

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Twenty-seven Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development announced for 2007

May 2007

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University is pleased to announce its new class of Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development.

Events

The influence of large-scale wind-power on global climate

October 23, 2003

Large scale use of wind power can alter local and global climate by extracting kinetic energy and by modifying turbulent transport in the atmospheric boundary layer.

The Political Economy of Power Market Reform

February 19, 2003

This conference is being held at the early stages in a cluster of related studies on the political economy of electric power systems in developing countries.

Special Seminar on the Geopolitics of Natural Gas

May 10, 2004

World natural gas consumption is projected to more than double by 2030 -- surpassing coal as the world's #2 energy resource.

Projects

Rule of Law Program

Today, it is widely recognized that the absence of the rule of law constitutes a critical barrier to economic growth and democractic political development.
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Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD)

The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development is a multi-year, interdisciplinary program that draws on the fields of political science, law and economics to investigate how the production and...
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Integrated Studies of Sustainability: Land-Water systems of the Yaqui Basin

The Yaqui Valley, in Sonora, Mexico is a region of rapid demographic, economic, and ecological change in both upland and coastal areas.
English

Multimedia

Can Sustainable Intensification Feed the World?

February 2015

Professor Sir Gordon Conway visited Stanford University on February 10, 2015 to discuss the importance of sustainable intensification of agriculture to feed the world in the face of obstacles such as population growth, shifting diets, land and...

Benin solar market gardens: video gallery

March 2012

This video gallery features the success story of a women's farming group in Nothern Benin who through the adoption of solar-powered irrigation pumps increased household income and nutritional intake in just one year.

Highlights: Craig McIntosh on Technology Adoption in African Agriculture

December 2015

Yields of cereal crops have more than doubled globally since 1960, yet agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa has remained stagnant. Why has the Green Revolution passed Africa by?

People

Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor, by courtesy, Economics, Senior Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Frank Wolak PESD Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
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
Steven Gorelick Cyrus F. Tolman Professor and Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research at PESD, Social Science Research Scholar
Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar
Pamela Ronald Affiliated scholar
Ertharin Cousin Visiting Scholar, FSE Visiting Scholar, FSE
Quentin Grafton Affiliated scholar
Rylan Sekiguchi Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Design
Stefania Di Tomasso Research Assistant Research Assistant
Matt Higgins Research Staff