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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.

Cross-Border Movements: Racism, Dispossession, and Migration

As part of our partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Just Futures Initiative, we are prioritizing the study of racism and dispossession around three themes:

  • Authority, Governance, and Racial Justice
  • Climate, Dispossession, and Natural and Built Environments
  • Trafficking, Displacement, and the Right to Stay Home

Through collaborations with partners across and beyond the university, we are thinking in new and interdisciplinary ways about racism and migration. Over this three-year grant period, we are supporting diverse scholarly research and offering a variety of ways to learn and engage more deeply with these topics.

Migrations Taskforce


Shannon Gleeson, Labor Relations, Law, and History
Eric Tagliacozzo, History


Gerard Aching, Africana Studies, Engaged Cornell
Esra Akcan, Institute for European Studies (Einaudi Center), Architecture
Maria Cristina Garcia, History
Kieran Donaghy, City and Regional Planning
Chris Dunn, Director, Botanic Gardens, Horticulture
David Erickson, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Andrew Farnsworth, Lab of Ornithology
Gunisha Kaur, Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medicine
Irby Lovette, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Steven Osofsky, Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Amanda D. Rodewald, Director of Conservation Science, Lab of Ornithology, Natural Resources
Lindy Williams, Global Development
Stephen Yale-Loehr, Law

View the Migrations taskforce report, which highlights key focal areas of the Migrations initiative at Cornell and key activities from the first year of the initiative.