Director's Message

Bruce MalloryDear colleague,

Thank you for visiting the Carsey Institute website, where I trust you will find a wide range of research and resources relevant to your interests. The Carsey Institute strives to create timely, objective, and useful analyses of critical social issues facing families and communities. We also offer trainings, civic engagement tools, and degree programs that engage people relative to our mission.

Our audiences include policy makers (both elected officials and public agency staff), practitioners responsible for enacting policies and creating effective programs, fellow researchers working in related fields, and the media who help to disseminate our findings more broadly.

The Carsey Institute is the University of New Hampshire's major interdisciplinary applied research center for scholars working in the social, health, and behavioral sciences. We have a network of fellows both within the university and at other locations in the United States. Graduate students conduct substantive research here under the supervision of faculty across multiple fields. Increasingly, undergraduate students also participate in the institute’s research and outreach programs. Thus, we help to fulfill the university’s research, teaching, and engagement mission.

Our primary areas of focus include families who are vulnerable to economic hardships and communities striving to provide sustainable, livable environments for their residents. We have a particular emphasis on the ways in which the characteristics of “place” (especially in rural communities in the United States and selected developing regions of the world) intersect with economic and social conditions, and the ways in which social policy is responsive to variations in place. Too often the particular needs of families living in sparsely populated and remote communities are not addressed in either research or policy conception. The circumstances of families in such communities are also changing significantly, as national and global economic shifts continue. By bringing these issues to the attention of policy makers and researchers, we hope to contribute to the growing body of knowledge on the crucial yet often difficult interface between what is known and what is practiced.

I hope you find that the resources of the Carsey Institute are helpful in your work. Please let us know how we can serve you best. If you have thoughts about the work of the institute and the challenges faced by families and communities, I hope you will be in touch with me.

Best wishes,

Bruce Mallory
Interim Director
The Carsey Institute