The College of Social Sciences is committed to innovative research initiatives that build upon the college’s strengths and provide unique social science perspectives in areas that play essential roles in the university’s research efforts. Historically, the college and its Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)  have been leaders in the areas of environmental change, health informatics, behavioral health and social innovation.

Major SSRI programs include:

  • The Office for Evaluation and Needs Assessment Services
    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 and Social Informatics (TASI) Research Program / PEACESAT Program
    The overarching mission of the TASI / PEACESAT Program of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) is to facilitate and conduct interdisciplinary and applied research in issues relating to accessible and affordable Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and telecommunication services in underserved and rural locations.
  • 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 the Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Hazards, Climate & Environment Program
    The Hazards, Climate & Environment Program (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.
  • Hawai’i Coral Reef Initiative Research Program
    The purpose of the Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative Research Program is to support monitoring and research activities to build capacity to manage more effectively Hawaii’s coral reef ecosystems.