Atkinson Center Collaborations
Complex global problems require sophisticated, integrated solutions. The Atkinson Center connects researchers to external partners with on-the-ground capacity to help identify, test, and implement research-proven strategies that work.
The Atkinson Center advances the local and national conversation on sustainability through events and activities that engage government agencies and officials, foundations, businesses, and NGOs. These groups, along with our External Advisory Board and Faculty Advisory Board, provide additional perspectives and connections to build a productive environment for innovation in sustainability at Cornell and beyond.
This unique alliance connects Cornell research teams with CARE staff on the ground in communities around the world, speeding delivery of science-based solutions. Cornell scientists also provide background research to inform CARE positions on policy issues related to international food assistance and relief aid. The Impact through Innovation Fund fund stimulates joint pilot research and outreach efforts that demonstrate a concept and apply new advances in engineering and the natural and social sciences to solve sustainable development challenges.
Our collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund includes joint research activities and an undergraduate internship program. The research program leverages Cornell research expertise with EDF's leadership in the policy arena. The internship program places Cornell students in EDF offices around the nation to work on complex projects, helping to create a new generation of leaders to tackle immense environmental challenges with thoughtful, workable solutions.
In partnership with Cornell and five other leading universities, The Nature Conservancy established a NatureNet Science Fellows program to create a reservoir of interdisciplinary science talent that will carry out the new work of conservation. The fellowships are awarded annually to six outstanding early-career scientists working at the interface of conservation, business, and technology. Each year, a new postdoctoral fellow begins a two-year post at Cornell, working directly with Cornell faculty and TNC leadership.
This collaboration between researchers at Cornell University, Clark University, and Oxfam America collected field data on rural resilience from around the world to identify common themes and threads. The fieldwork led to a productive new framework for understanding and evaluating rural resilience. The project emphasizes local voices and experiences of resilience to enrich our knowledge about the challenges and opportunities rural communities face.
The health and well-being of the planet’s wildlife and humans are intimately entwined. This comprehensive collaboration between Cornell and the world’s largest museum and research complex responds to urgent needs in wildlife and natural habitat conservation. Together, experts from the Atkinson Center and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are training the next generation of conservation scientists, providing practical advice to governments and the private sector in biodiversity hotspots, and sharing evidence with a wide audience that wildlife and natural habitat conservation improves all lives.