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Drug trafficking can support terrorist activity, but not in ways most believe

Drug trafficking does help facilitate terrorist activity, but it is more often linked to local militant groups instead of well-known international terrorist organizations, according to a new study that includes a University of Kansas political science researcher. To find out more information about Mariya Omelicheva's project visit the IPSR Research Spotlight.

Prestigious NSF grant to help study compassion, local decisions in disaster planning

A University of Kansas urban planning researcher has received a prestigious National Science Foundation grant to study local decision-making aimed at mitigating natural hazards and damages due to disasters, such as flooding and hurricanes.

Kansas County Profile Reports updated

IPSR's series of Kansas County Profile Reports were recently updated to include the most recent population, socio-economic, and employment data. Profiles are available for all 105 Kansas Counties.

KU Study Indicates Link Between Kansas Welfare Restrictions, Foster Care Case Increase

A University of Kansas study supports the suspicions of lawmakers and advocates who believe there's a link between additional restrictions on welfare benefits and an increase in foster care cases.

Emily Rauscher, Department of Sociology, has been named a finalist for the 2018 William T. Grant Scholars Program.

Emily is one of 10 early career researchers selected by staff and selection committee for the award. The finalists will be interviewed in February 2018. Scholars will be announced in March. Each Scholar will receive $350,000 over a five-year period and will participate in annual meetings.

DCF: No link between welfare reform, rising foster care numbers; researchers say otherwise

KU economics professor Donna Ginther, who is director of the Center for Science Technology and Economic Policy, and Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, an associate professor in KU's School of Social Welfare, recently completed a national study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that looked at the impact such laws have on the social safety net system in the United States.

Stakeholders say immigrants are 'essential' to western Kansas economy at KU policy conference

Stakeholders at a University of Kansas-hosted policy conference agreed Thursday that immigration and trade are essential to the Kansas economy, despite rhetoric emanating from Washington aimed at stymying the inflow of immigrants and renegotiating trade deals.

Experts: Kansas dependent on immigrant labor, foreign trade

At a time when global free trade agreements and the influx of immigrant labor into the United States are both highly charged political issues, experts say the Kansas economy is heavily dependent on both. That was one of the key messages Thursday at the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference, held on the campus of the University of Kansas. The event was sponsored by KU's Institute for Policy and Social Research.

New book urges humans to hear the call of place

"The agency of place" is the key concept in a new book co-authored by University of Kansas Associate Professor of Geography Jay T. Johnson, an affiliate of KU's Indigenous Studies program. "Being Together in Place: Indigenous Coexistence in a More Than Human World" (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) by Johnson and University of Missouri Associate Professor of Geography Soren C. Larsen argues that indigenous people's understanding of the interconnected nature of people, places and animals has a special power that ought to be respected, even in what they call "post-colonial settler states."

Annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference to examine immigration, trade and state's economy

Immigration in recent decades has contributed to more than half of Kansas' population growth, which is a key component of economic growth. In addition, Mexico is Kansas' largest trading partner. With so much national policy discussion on reforming immigration and trade, economists, educators and policymakers from across the state will examine the local and regional perspectives of these issues at the University of Kansas on Oct. 26 at the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference titled Walling Off the Kansas Economy: Trade, Immigration, and Economic Growth.