The world’s population and its growth rate are at unprecedented levels...
This growth profoundly affects our environment, the pressure on natural resources, and the capacity of many nations to achieve sustainable socioeconomic development. The problem that we face is how to stimulate economic development to meet rapidly expanding human needs while ensuring that we do not destroy the natural resources and environment on which all life ultimately depends.
A new kind of scholar is required to address the many components that contribute to this enormous endeavor, one familiar with global issues through the perspectives of population biology, economics, and social and medical sciences. The search for new approaches to these complex problems demands interdisciplinary cooperation and new modes of collaboration and communication.
A major objective of the Morrison Institute is to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to research, teaching, study, and public education in areas related to the global issues of growth in world population, changes in the environment, use of resources, and attainment of sustainable economic development.