Prospective Students

There are open positions for students and postdocs to join my research group at Cornell University. If you are interested in working together, please send me your CV and a short description of your research interests.

Graduate Students

Opportunities for graduate study (Masters or PhD) in Development Studies are available in the research group of Dr. Chuan Liao in the Department of Global Development at Cornell University. A full Graduate Assistantship will be provided with full tuition waiver and subsidized health insurance.

In my research group, the goal is to understand the pathways and mechanisms towards sustainable development. Thesis or dissertation research topics include but are not limited to:

  • Food systems
  • Inequality and development
  • Sustainable intensification of agriculture
  • Sustainable energy transition
  • Global drylands
  • Land tenure and land use change
  • Human-environment systems
  • Spatial analysis

If you are interested, we can start a conversation over your research and professional goals. Please write a brief statement on your goals, your qualifications, and anything else you see as relevant, and email it to Dr. Chuan Liao ( along with your CV. For more information, visit the Graduate Field of Development Studies website.

Undergraduate Students

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in doing research on sustainability and development.


I welcome inquiries from prospective postdocs, and would be delighted to support your application for Cornell and external fellowships: