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Evolution of Institutional Diversity in a Changing World


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In this seminar, Irene Pérez Ibarra of the Agrifood Institute of Aragon at the University of Zaragoza will present her recently awarded grant, "Resilient Rules," funded by the European Research Council.

With this project, she will study institutions of small-scale agricultural systems around the world to answer key questions for global sustainability, such as: How much institutional diversity exists? How is it distributed globally, and how is it evolving? And, more importantly, does institutional diversity and evolution enhance our ability to sustainably manage natural resources in our rapidly changing world? 

To address these questions, she will innovatively adapt tools used in the life sciences to study biological diversity to quantify institutional diversity, study the evolution of institutions, and assess the contribution of institutional diversity to long-term resilience to global change.


Social Science and Public Policy





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Students, Graduate and Professional


MAX-Center for Policy Design and Governance


Davor Mondom


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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.