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Research Centers

Center for Society, Economy, and the Environment

USU historically has maintained a reputation for its broad expertise and scholarship that explores how humans are linked to natural environments and what that means for society. The Center for Society, Economy, and the Environment (CSEE) provides hands-on research opportunities for graduate students and faculty to draw upon and further develop that expertise. CSEE also includes a clearinghouse of social science information and a directory of USU expertise for use by scholars seeking research collaborators as well as by agencies and organizations that need assistance with collecting, analyzing, or interpreting social and economic data. Participation in CSEE activities is open to anyone at the university, which is jointly housed and coordinated by faculty members in the departments of Applied Economics; Environment and Society; and SSWA.

Director: Richard Krannich 435-797-1241,

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

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

Mountain West Center for Regional Studies


The Mountain West Center for Regional Studies is a platform for multidisciplinary research, teaching and outreach. The center promotes greater knowledge of our understanding of the Interior West, its land, history, and cultural groups. An example of the type of ongoing work at the Mountain West Center is the Northern Utah/Southern Idaho Folklife Project. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the center researches the traditional culture of the people of this region.

Director: Evelyn Funda, Program Assistant: Barbara Warnes,

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,