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.
Hui ʻĀina Momona (HAM)
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.
Office for Evaluation and Needs Assessment Services (OENAS)
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.
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.
University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO)
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.