The Institute for Policy & Social Research is a faculty-driven research center supporting social scientists who focus on social problems and policy-relevant questions. IPSR fosters independent researchers and collaborative teams within our network of faculty affiliates and six interdisciplinary research centers.

What's New

New research will explore renewable energy, water treatment, ammonia production to bolster rural resilience

A team of researchers, led by Mary Hill, University of Kansas professor of geology, won a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The researchers will explore the economic viability of using renewable energy to increase usable water resources by treating degraded and unused water supplies, and produce ammonia that can both store energy and be used as fertilizer. They will study the potential of these innovations to create a multifaceted economic system able to sustain small town and rural communities and maintain needed agricultural production.

Kansas Economic Policy Conference to offer multiple perspectives on economic development

What are the factors that contribute to economic development? Can policy play a role in promoting economic growth? These questions will be discussed in this year's Kansas Economic Policy Conference, hosted by the Institute for Policy & Social Research on October 24. The conference will convene scholars, policymakers and experts in economic development to explore "What Counts for Economic Development in Kansas?" Presentations and discussions at the conference will offer a multifaceted view of this complex and critically important subject.

Kansas Statistical Abstract offers insights on state population, life expectancy rates, and more

Sixty-eight of 105 counties in Kansas peaked in population before the Dust Bowl. The most recent Kansas Statistical Abstract includes this and other interesting facts about Kansas. The Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas recently published the 53rd Edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract, which contains social and economic data broken down by state, county, and city.

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Research Spotlight

Wally Meyer and Genna Hurd’s project, funded through the Economic Development Administration and matching resources from KU donors and time commitments by faculty and program staff, focuses on economic development in Kansas. This grant is a collaboration between the KU Center for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Policy and Social Research. Working cooperatively with other Regents universities and regional programs, their work will protect jobs, introduce new ventures, grow existing businesses, and provide a superior experiential education for KU students by leveraging student-staffed programs. For more information about the award, visit:

Kansas Statistical Abstract 2018   
The 53rd 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

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Recent Events

2019 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Visit the conference site for more information.

Recent Publications

Maynard-Moody, Steven with Charles Epp and Donald Haider-Markel,“Beyond Profiling: The Institutional Sources of Racial Disparities in Policing,” Public Administration Review (forthcoming).

Maynard-Moody, Steven, “Punishing the Poor.” Book review essay, Social Service Review, vol. 90, no. 4 (Dec 2016).

Maynard-Moody, Steven with Michael Musheno, “'Playing the Rules’: Discretion Social and Policy Context”. In Peter Hupe, Michael Hill, and Aurélien Buffat, eds., Understanding Street-Level Bureaucrats (Bristol, UK: The Policy Press, 2016).

Schwarz, Corinne, Erik Unruh, Katie Cronin, Sarah Evans-Simpson, Hannah Britton, and Megha Ramaswamy. “Human Trafficking Identification and Service Provision in the Medical and Social Service Sectors.” 2016. Health and Human Rights Journal 18(1): 181-191.

Ginther, Donna K., Pat Oslund, Genna Hurd, and Xan Wedel. The Status of Women in Kansas and the Bi-State Region, sponsored by The Women's Foundation, February 2016.

Schwarz, Corinne and Hannah Britton. “Queering the Support for Trafficked Persons: LGBTQ Communities and Human Trafficking in the Heartland.” 2015. Social Inclusion 3(1): 63-75.

Weller, Travis and Allison C. Reeve. "Empirical Legal Research Support Services: A Survey of Academic Law Libraries", Law Library Journal, 107:3, 2015

Weller, Travis and Amalia Monroe-Gulick. "Differences in the Data Practices, Challenges, and Future Needs of Graduate Students and Faculty Members", Journal of eScience Librarianship, 4:1, 2015, DOI: 10.7191/jeslib.2015.1070

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