The Centre for Society, Technology and Development (STANDD) is an interdisciplinary research institution founded in 1990 to foster research on development at McGill University.
STANDD's mandate is to provide a setting for transdisciplinary research and learning at McGill regarding cultural, social, and technological aspects of development. Its aims include the integration of research, having both scientific and policy significance, on the developing world.
A current focus of centre research is on the implications of property forms of poorer regions of the world. Property rights are central to how social and technological factors influence development, by structuring how people manage their resources and provide for their essential needs. Linking people to the environment, rights in resources secure the basis on which cultural and biological diversity is maintained. Changes in systems of agrarian property are both symptom and cause of environmental decline and poverty.
STANDD publishes working papers and bibliographies on a number of relevant topics. Click on the titles below to download these publications [PDF], or contact STANDD at the address provided.