C. Chase-Dunn, June 3, 2002

University of California-Riverside

Institute for

Research on World-Systems

PEWS02 Program

IROWS Annual Report

This is the annual report on IROWS accomplishments and initiatives from June 1, 2001 to June 2002.

The main purpose of the Institute for Research on World-Systems (IROWS) is to do long term, large scale interdisciplinary research on: 

·Globalization and the World Political Economy, 

·The Evolution of Macrosocial Systems, 

·Sustainable Development, 

·Anthropogenic Causes and Consequences of Climate Change, and 

·Co-evolution of Human Social Complexity and Pathogenic Microorganisms. 

The Institute serves as an incubator for collaborative social science/physical science/humanities research proposals by organizing interdisciplinary faculty seminars and research working groups.It has developed an electronic research archive, a working paper series, and co-publishes a scholarly electronic journal focusing on interdisciplinary global research, the Journal of World-Systems Research.

See http://irows.ucr.edu/


Three volumes will be published containing articles presented at the conference. Dr. Luis Sandoval Ramirez, who presented a paper at the PEWS02 conference, has initiated a proposal for the establishment of formal collaborative ties between IROWS and the Institute of Economic Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.
Research Projects: IROWS is currently sponsoring four on-going research projects:

ØWaves of Globalization:the National Science Foundation’s Sociology Program has funded our study of economic globalization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Andrew Jorgenson, Rebecca Giem, John Rogers and Shoon Lio have made major contributions to the project this year. A paper based on the results of this project will be presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association in August 2002. See http://irows.ucr.edu/research/globres/globproj.htm

ØCities and Empires: Another IROWS project is focusing on time-mapping the growth of cities and empires in Afroeurasia over the past 3000 years. Alexis Alvarez and Daniel Pasciuti have contributed greatly to this project. A paper based on the research of this project is forthcoming in Cross-Cultural Research, and another paper was presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association in March of 2002. See http://irows.ucr.edu/research/citemp/citemp.html

ØGlobal Elite Formation: IROWS has begun research on the evolution of a global elite over the past 200 years, looking at the wealthiest and most powerful individuals, families, firms and political organizations at certain intervals since 1840. Dr. Thomas Reifer currently leads this project. A paper on this topic will be presented at the World Congress of Sociology, Brisbane, Australia in July of 2002. See http://irows.ucr.edu/research/glbelite/globelite.htm

ØBiotechnology and Hegemony: IROWS is starting a project that will time-map the global emergence of the biotechnology industry in order to consider its potential effects on regional and international economic comparative advantages. Director Chase-Dunn presented a preliminary paper on this topic at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in November of 2001.


IROWS has invested considerable effort in several major research initiatives: 

ØMISTAM Proposal: IROWS contributed to a campus-wide initiative proposal to develop a Multidisciplinary Institute for Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Modeling (MISTAM). This research and development institute would bring together UCR researchers from three UCR colleges to develop new techniques for analyzing GIS and crosstemporal data. Acting EVC Satish Tripathi and the Deans of the Colleges requested a revision of this proposal and a proposed budget in February of 2002.

ØCalGrows Regent’s Proposal:IROWS submitted a proposal to the 2002-2003 Regent’s Budget to establish CalGROWS, the California Group for Research on the Organization of the World-System, a five-year six-campus MRU with a budget of $3 million dollars the first year. This proposal was not funded, but neither were any of the other proposals. The Regent’s Budget was withdrawn because of the emerging state budget deficit.

ØMultidisciplinary Graduate Training in Global Sciences: A preproposal was submitted June 28, 2001, to the NSF’s Integrated Research and Training (IGERT) initiative for a multidisciplinary graduate training program on Global Sciences that included four Departments in CHASS and four Departments in CNAS. The proposed five-year budget was for $2.7 million. A revised version of this preproposal organized around the topic of “multiscalar political ecology” will be submitted in September 2002.

ØNSF Biocomplexity Initiative: A major interdisciplinary grant proposal to the National Science Foundation’s program on “Biocomplexity in the Environment” was submitted in January of 2002. The proposed five-year budget for this research was $1,690,310. This proposal was not recommended for funding. A revised version will be resubmitted in the next round.

ØNSF Information Technology Research: An interdisciplinary grant proposal to the National Science Foundation’s program in Information Technology Research entitled “Time Mapping 3000 Years of Globalization: Knowledge Modeling Urbanization, Empire Formation, Climate Change and Emerging Global Complexity” was submitted in November of 2001. The total proposed budget for this project for five years of research support was $4,271,446. This proposal was not recommended for funding, but the reviews were quite encouraging. An improved revision with greater participation by UCR computer scientists will be submitted in the next round. 

ØNSF Sociology Program:IROWS submitted a proposal to study global elite formation to the National Science Foundation’s Sociology Program in August 2001. This proposal was not recommended for funding. A revised version will be submitted in August of 2002.

ØFoundation Funding: IROWS has sent letters of inquiry about project support to the Carnegie, Packard, Hewlett, Sloan and Mac Arthur Foundations.

[1] IROWS owes thanks to Acting UCR Chancellor David Warren, Acting Executive Vice Chancellor Satish Tripathi and Dean Patricia O’Brien for support of the PEWS02 conference. The conference would not have been possible without the help of co-organizers Eugene Anderson (UCR Anthropology) and Jonathan Friedman (University of Lund and EHESS, Paris), Robin Whittington, Shante Morton, Tom Reifer, Elizabeth Meredith-Greenfield and student volunteers Alexis Alvarez, Vincent Geidraitis, Rebecca Giem, Andrew Jorgenson, Shoon Lio, Dan Pasciuti, John Rogers, Louis Tuthill, Elizabeth Conniff and Eric Vega. We also wish to thank Laura Lara of the Center for Ideas and Society and Wilma Dunaway of Virginia Polytechnic University for sage advice.