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Mission and Organization

The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) facilitates and supports interdisciplinary, applied research that addresses critical social, behavioral, economic, and environmental problems primarily in Hawai'i and the Asia Pacific region. This is done through collaboration with faculty throughout the University of Hawai'i and with other educational and research institutions, regional and international organizations, the private sector, and federal, state, and county agencies. These collaborations are supported largely by contracts and grants from public agencies and private organizations.

SSRI serves as the sponsored research division of the College of Social Sciences. In this capacity, SSRI provides administrative support for pre- and post-award activities related to extramural research and training grants and contracts in the College. SSRI houses the Telecommunications And Social Informatics Research Program (TASI) /Pacific Health Informatics Data Center (PHIDC) program, the Center for Oral History, and the Office for Evaluation and Needs Assessment. The Institute cooperatively manages the UH Economic Research Organization (UHERO) with the Department of Economics, the Research and Evaluation in Public Safety Project (REPS) with the State of Hawaii Department of Public Safety, and the Hui ‘Aina Momona with the Hawai'inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

Currently, SSRI projects focus on these areas of inquiry: telecommunication and information policy; crime, drug abuse and public safety; resources and sustainable development; health services and health policy; and culture, language and social problems.

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