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The Institute for Policy & Social Research brings together social scientists from a broad range of disciplines to pursue and conduct sponsored research at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels. IPSR affiliated faculty represent disciplines such as economics, education, environmental studies, geography, political science, public administration, social welfare, sociology, and urban planning.

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KU Center for Migration Research - 2016 Seed Grant Program

Pursuant to its mission as an interdisciplinary hub of human migration-related research at KU, the Center for Migration Research (CMR) strives to provide support to its affiliates' scientific endeavors. As part of these efforts, CMR is launching a seed grant program. The main goal of the program is to enhance and expand migration-related research across disciplines and units at KU and to support creative interdisciplinary projects on their way to competing for external funding. To find out more information about the 2016 Seed Grant please click here:

Project Diane: Integrating Military Women in Combat Roles

Alesha Doan, Associate Professor in the Political Science, and Shannon Portillo, Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, recently penned a blog post for The Huffington Post. The post features their research, funded by the The Army Research Institute and the Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City, which explores the potential benefits and barriers of gender integration of Special Forces. Read the post at the link below.

Study Shows Women Still Face Obstacles In The Military

Shannon Portillo, Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, recently appeared on KUCR talking about her research on women in the military. The radio clip can be found at the link below.

Please visit IPSR's News page for more.

Kansas Statistical Abstract 2014   
The 49th Edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract is now available! The abstract is available EXCLUSIVELY online as a PDF file with individual pages available in Microsoft Excel and PDF. For more information and access to the data, please visit

The Kansas Statistical Abstract was featured in a radio spot on the Jayhawk Radio Network, tune in or click the button below to play the clip now:

Recent Events

2015 GIS Day @ KU
November 18, 2015

GIS Day 2015 @ KU
IPSR is pleased to be a sponsor of this year's GIS Day @ KU. GIS Day is a nationwide event to promote awareness and appreciation of geographic information system (GIS) science. Please join us in exploring how GIS is changing the way we interact with and learn from information about the world around us. This event is free and open to the public, please register online at:

2015 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Presentations in PDF and video are available on the conference site.

States of Surveillance: New Directions and Empirical Projects

States of Surveillance: New Directions and Empirical Projects
Fall Symposium, October 1-2, 2015

Hosted by the KU Surveillance Studies Research Center and Institute for Policy & Social Research this symposium aims to push the boundaries of our current knowledge and explore new ways of thinking about and studying surveillance, privacy, and social monitoring. Read more on the symposium site at:

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