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Migrations

A Global Grand Challenge

Vision

Researching, Teaching, and Building for a World on the Move

We study how all living things—humans, animals, insects, microorganisms, plant life—migrate from place to place on our planet. They cross borders, escape threats, live with changing climates and food supplies, recreate habitats, develop cultural patterns, seek improved quality of life, adapt and evolve, or face extinction.

To sustain these populations in motion, we create new approaches to infrastructure, urban design, housing, health and nutrition, disaster relief, conservation, legal frameworks, economies, business models, geopolitical systems, technologies, and more.

Education—through multidisciplinary research, teaching, and engagement—can prepare future leaders, scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and community members to thrive in a world on the move.

Change-Makers

Hear from our faculty, students, partners, and stakeholders about their new thinking and collaborative action to address the critical problems of a world on the move.

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Wendy Wolford

Vice Provost for International Affairs, Cornell University; Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Global Development, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Transcript: Commentary from Wendy Wolford

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Gerard Aching

Professor, Africana Studies and Romance Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University

Transcript: Commentary from Gerard Aching

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Gunisha Kaur

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medicine; Director, Global Health Initiative; Co-Medical Director, Center for Human Rights

Transcript: Commentary from Gunisha Kaur, MD

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Stephen Yale-Loehr

Professor, Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School; Attorney of Counsel, Miller Mayer LLP

Transcript: Commentary from Stephen Yale-Loehr

New Approaches

Learn more about the research, teaching, and engagement activities that we are using to transform our approaches to the issues of Migrations—and influence policy, practice, and leadership worldwide.

How the Seas Shape Civilizations

Eric Tagliacozzo

Historian of Water Studies the Movement of People

Power, Inequality, and Immigrant Worker Rights

Shannon Gleeson

Labor Relations Expert Examines What Works, What Doesn’t

How Global Actions Can Benefit Multiple Ecosystems

Amanda D. Rodewald

Ecologist Studies Bird Migration, Biodiversity, Environment, Communities

Ancestral Migrations Stopped at Fencelines

Steven A. Osofsky

Wildlife Veterinarian Builds One Health Partnerships—and Solutions