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Yun Kim Population Research Lab

The Yun Kim Population Research Laboratory was established in 1968 by former USU sociology professor Yun Kim as a demographic training and research unit within the sociology, social work and anthropology department. The lab was organized to promote a training program in demography for both undergraduate and graduates and to expand research activities related to population. Faculty associated with the lab conduct support students as they pursue graduate degrees with a specialization in demography. Research projects are supported by an array of national and local agencies.

Director: Eddy Berry,


Institute for Social Science Research in Natural Resources

The ISSRNR is located in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, and is a joint project of faculty in Sociology and Applied Economics at USU. The laboratory is equipped with computers that have a range of statistical and graphical software packages. The ISSRNR provides space for graduate assistants working on faculty research projects, and fosters relationships between sociologists and faculty in allied agricultural and natural resource science disciplines. Faculty affiliated with the ISSRNR have extensive experience using multiple research methods to explore human dimensions of natural resource problems. Much of our work focuses on resource management challenges in the Intermountain West.

Recent projects include: a national study of agriculture in urbanizing environments; a statewide survey of Utah citizens on preferences for public lands managment; qualitative interviews with energy industry personnel about the use of environmental practices, surveys of recycling program coordinators in mid-sized cities across the western United States.

Director: Courtney Flint,

Learn more about what Dr. Courtney Flint and her students research.