Our Research Centers
Center for Environmental Policy (CEP)
Dietrich Earnhart, Director and Professor, Economics
Engaging in the social sciences, engineering studies, and legal studies, this center examines various dimensions of environmental policy.
Center for Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology (C-FIRST)
Jay T. Johnson, Director and Associate Professor, Geography & Atmospheric Science
The goal of the Center for Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology is to bridge Indigenous and Western sciences, through appropriate principles, protocols, and practices, in order to better understand the conditions of place-based vulnerability and the best strategies to achieve resilience by facilitating Indigenous-led research initiatives. Our vision is to establish an Indigenous science network that emphasizes research activities that contain integrated theory, practice and dissemination through mentoring and community-based partnerships.
Center for Military, War, and Society Studies
Beth Bailey, Director and Foundation Distinguished Professor Department of History
The Center for Military, War, and Society Studies facilitates essential conversations about – and with – the U.S. military, holding national or international symposia that bring together scholars, policy makers, and members of the armed forces. We foster research on the US military on the KU campus and beyond, supporting scholarship that examines the military not only as an instrument of national defense but also as a central institution in American society.
Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy (CSTEP)
Donna Ginther, Director and Professor, Economics
State and local economic development, economic impact analysis, economic modeling, and tax research are the major areas of emphasis for C-STEP. C-STEP includes the KU Entrepreneurship Works for KS Initiative.
Surveillance Studies Research Center
William G. Staples, Director and Professor of Sociology
The mission of the Surveillance Studies Research Center (SSRC) is to facilitate scholarship and collaborative partnerships in the study of contemporary forms of surveillance, social monitoring, and data gathering. Surveillance Studies is a burgeoning, global, interdisciplinary field that is producing new and important theoretical and empirical understandings of human behavior. The only Center of its kind in the United States, the SSRC seeks to address one of society’s grand challenges for the 21st century.
Center for the Study of Injustice (CSI)
Hannah Britton, Director and Associate Professor, Political Science, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
The Center for the Study of Injustice is an interdisciplinary research center that brings together faculty and students from across KU interested in domestic and international research related to social justice. The Center is dedicated to assisting faculty develop new and existing research programs through grant writing and intellectual exchange. CSI brings together faculty, students, staff, and members of the local community to collaborate on research, teaching, and community-based projects. While the direction of CSI is based on the individual interests of affiliated faculty within IPSR, there are several key initiatives the Center is developing:
Center for Compassionate & Sustainable Communities
Ward Lyles, Director and Associate Professor of Urban Planning
The Center for Compassionate & Sustainable Communities seeks to engage in basic and applied research, engaged teaching, and translational activities. Our work centers compassionate, just, and sustainable policy, planning, and other community-level action. We aspire to solve grand challenges facing society, including climate change, inequality, and justice.
Past IPSR Centers
Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium
Karin Chang, Executive Director
Center for Research on Global Change
Joane P. Nagel, Director and University Distinguished Professor, Sociology
Exploring and understanding the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of global change is the focus of the Center for Research on Global Change which supports projects that foster collaborations among social scientists and connect them with their colleagues in the humanities, natural sciences, arts, engineering, and professional schools.
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