Current Projects:

 Research Working Group on Settlement and Polity Upsweeps and Global State Formation

IROWS is conducting research on the growth/decline phases of polities and settlements and on the evolution of global governance and global state formation.  We study the relationships between climate change, epidemic diseases, and the rise and fall of cities and empires since the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.

Research Working Group on Modeling Socio-cultural Evolution since the emergence of sedentism

This project develops computational models of the processes of demographic growth, resources usage, environmental degradation, population pressure, warfare, population cycles, and the rise of sociocultural complexity in regional world-systems.

Research Working Group onTransnational Social Movements IROWS is studying participants in the World Social Forum,the relationships among the transnational movements, and global party formation.

Earlier IROWS Research Projects

Globalization Research
IROWS project entitled "Trajectories and causes of structural globalization: 1800-2000."

Biotechnology in the Global Political Economy

IROWS is studying agricultural and medical biotechnology as a new lead industry in the world-system

Global Elite Formation Integration in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century

IROWS is conducting research on the formation, integration and changing social bases of global elites.



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University of California-Riverside 
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Email: chriscd@ucr.ed