Steve Vosti Honored with Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement

Chancellor's Awardee Steve Vosti with Chancellor May, Associate Chancellor Regulska, and Chancellor's Awardee Aten

By Bonnie Shea, Director of Communications, Global Affairs
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For the third year, UC Davis honored those on campus advancing the research, teaching, and service mission of UC Davis through their international engagement with Chancellor’s Awards for International Engagement.

This year’s faculty and staff awardees—who span agricultural and resource economics, emergency medicine, history, and human resources—were recognized by Chancellor Gary S. May for their outstanding international engagement at the International Connections Reception hosted by Global Affairs on March 7.

An adjunct professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Stephen Vosti has been a member of the UC Davis community for an impressive two decades.

Armed with a collaborative and high-energy approach that generates insights not possible from discipline-specific research alone, Vosti is renowned for his work studying the economic links between poverty and the environment, health and the environment, and health and nutrition.

Vosti’s multidisciplinary work takes him to countries in Africa, Asia, and North and South America—and changes the ways researchers, policymakers, and donors think about poverty, malnutrition, and human interactions with the environment. His impact goes beyond research and policy.

In describing Stephen’s generosity as a researcher and mentor, one Chancellor’s Award nominator says, “he deeply affects the professional lives of scores of close collaborators and the many students he has trained.” Another adds that, “he is a cross-pollinator and a bridge.”

In bridging disciplines, people, and countries, Stephen uses theory to implement real-world solutions, such as his cost-effective way to prevent infant deaths in Haiti, or his work in improving women’s health in Africa, or in providing expertise on the interactions between farmers and tropical forest systems in the Amazon.