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.

What's New

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.

Kansas Statistical Abstract's 51st edition demonstrates growth in wind energy, special taxing districts

For more than a half-century, the Kansas Statistical Abstract has provided invaluable social and economic data that has aided Kansans in promoting and governing their communities. The Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas in September published online for free the 51st edition, which contains a wide variety of statistical data broken down by state, county and city.

Please visit IPSR's News page for more.

Research Spotlight

The Association of Public Data Users has announced that Dr. Terri Friedline, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare at The University of Kansas and Faculty Director at the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion, has received a 2017 APDU Data Viz Award for exceptional analysis and visualization of public data. Friedline, along with her collaborators Mathieu Despard from the Center for Community Capital, Justin King and Kirk Jackson from New America, and Xan Wedel from the Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR), are recognized for their work developing the interactive web platform called Mapping Financial Opportunity (#MapFinOpp).

Mapping Financial Opportunity maps every bank, credit union, and alternative financial service across the US and examines trends in their locations relative to community racial and socioeconomic demographics. You can view the interactive map of where financial services are located and the ratio of alternative to mainstream financial services. By zooming in to the census tract level, you can also discover whether and how alternative financial services like payday lenders and check cashers concentrate in communities of color and lower-income communities.

Dr. Friedline will accept the award and present Mapping Financial Opportunity (#MapFinOpp) on behalf of her collaborators at the Association of Public Data Users' national conference in Arlington, Virginia on September 14, 2017.

Mapping Financial Opportunity was financially supported by a grant from MetLife Foundation to The University of Kansas. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, please visit

Kansas Statistical Abstract 2015   
The 51st 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:

Upcoming Events

2017 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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

For other publications please visit our Publications Page.

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