The Social Science Institute for Research, Education, and Policy encourages research and outreach projects that use novel, social science approaches to solving societal, political and policy problems or that facilitate student success in the social sciences. 

The current social and political situation requires social science research to help us emerge as a stronger community, state, nation and world. Social Scientists at URI weigh in on the current socio-political situation with their disciplinary expertise and research. We hope you enjoy these public lectures and research spotlights.

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The SSIREP Policy Lab Fellowship at the University of Rhode Island produces non-partisan research reports to assist Rhode Island CBOs and GAs with topical policy issues. The lab brings together faculty and students from across the university to address societal needs. The Public Policy Lab Fellowship provides students with work experience and skills relevant to careers in government and community-based organizations. Students from underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds are encouraged to apply here.


Congratulations to Corey Lang for receiving funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture! Dr. Lang was a 2022 recipient of a SSIREP Faculty Seed Grant. His project’s focus is on how partisan preferences change across venues and the impact on farm, forest, and open space conservation. We wish him luck with this exciting research project!


Congratulations to the below mentioned faculty on receiving the Public Policy Lab Fellowship!

Chelsea Farrell, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bridge to Opportunity: A Fidelity Assessment and Preliminary Program Evaluation

John Taylor, Plant Sciences and Entomology, Mapping Diverse Services from Alternative Urban Food Provisioning Networks and Identifying
Opportunities for Policy Support