Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Events

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Field Research Trip | Energy Production and the Environment in Canada Info Session

March 23, 2018

Looking for a research opportunity this summer? Already have an internship? No problem!

China Scope at MIT: Understanding China's Economy and Society

September 18, 2010

PESD Researcher Gang He is invited to "China Scope at MIT: Understanding China's Economy and Society" conference hosted by the Boston-area China Care Clubs and M-Stone Advisory, which is being held...

III Lisbon Conference on Competition Law and Economics

January 14, 2010

PESD Director Frank Wolak presented "Balancing Energy Needs with Environmental Goals: The Case of California" at the III Lisbon Conference on Competition Law and Economics hosted by the Portuguese...

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS): Creating a Framework for U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate and Energy

July 22, 2009

PESD researcher Gang He will be participating in the upcoming high-level roundtable on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS): Creating a Framework for U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate and Energy.

Hubbert's Peak, The Coal Question, and Climate Change

April 24, 2009

AbstractAn accurate estimate of the ultimate production of oil, gas, and coal would be helpful for the ongoing policy discussion on alternatives to fossil fuels and climate change.

Geopolitics of Gas Capstone Conference

May 26, 2004

The conference seeks to take a fresh look at the geopolitical consequences of a major shift to natural gas in the coming decades; indeed by most estimates global consumption of gas will double by...