SSRI conducts and supports interdisciplinary, applied research that addresses critical social, behavioral, economic, and environmental problems primarily in Hawaiʻi and the Asia Pacific region in the key units below:
Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative Research Program (HCRI)
HCRI was established in 1998 to provide support for research and training to build capacity to effectively manage coral reef ecosystems in Hawaiʻi. It has been guided by the belief that social science provides a critical foundation to long term sustainability of natural resources. Current areas of focus are Marine Resource Assessment and Monitoring; Marine Enforcement Support; Ocean Recreation; and Education and Outreach. (HCRI website)
Hazards, Climate, & Environment Program (HCEP)
HCEP works with local and regional stakeholders and experts in physical and biological science, engineering, and social and cultural knowledge to assess risk and vulnerability from hazards, climate and environmental degradation, and to develop risk reduction methods to build resilient communities.
This Program is designed to transcend traditional academic boundaries and to focus on cross-disciplinary solutions to natural and cultural resource management, sustainability, and food security issues facing Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and other Indigenous communities integrating contemporary and traditional Hawaiian knowledge and practices.
Conducts program evaluation and needs assessment research primarily for public and private non-profit programs. The Office provides continuing education and training, technical assistance and consultation, and opportunities to work with a multi-disciplinary team on complex public policy issues and programs.
Research and Evaluation in Public Safety Project (REPS)
The REPS team provides technical assistance, training and consultation to the Hawaiʻi State Department of Public Safety (PSD) and the criminal justice system in areas of data collection and analysis; program development and evaluation; training and demonstration of best practices; grant development and management; and continuous quality improvement.
Telecommunications & Social Informatics Program (TASI) / Pacific Health Informatics Data Center (PHIDC)
TASI/PHIDC conducts interdisciplinary and applied research in the areas of health technology, health care and claims data management, telehealth, and meterological and disaster communications. It also provides policy, program, and technical assistance in these areas to governments and agencies in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region.
The mission of UHERO is to inform public and private sector decision making through rigorous, independent economic research on the people, environment, and economies of Hawaiʻi and the Asia-Pacific region.