Division of Applied Social Sciences Research

For our Division of Applied Social Sciences faculty, staff and students, research means studying how people, organizations, communities and businesses can best achieve their goals and make a difference in the global food and agriculture system as well as rural communities.

Our research touches diverse disciplines, including:

  • behavioral finance
  • community development
  • communication
  • economic and rural development
  • education
  • governance
  • hospitality
  • management
  • operations
  • policy
  • risk management
  • sustainability

By conducting research in these areas, we strive to discover insights that people in the food and agriculture system — leaders, educators, managers, opinion leaders and volunteers — can apply to do their jobs better, lead better, communicate better and ultimately enable our world’s food and agriculture system to function better.

As well as the DASS-affiliated CAFNR Programs of Distinction, DASS has several centers that focus on research and outreach such as:

  • The Center for Economic and Financial Education that promotes economic and financial education in schools.
  • The Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security that brings together researchers from across campus to address the complex challenges facing our food system in Missouri and beyond.
  • The McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership that helps students develop the skills they need to start and grow their own businesses.
  • The Rural and Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center (RaFF) that provides objective policy analysis and informs decision-makers on issues affecting farm and rural finances.

We are committed to making a difference in the world by conducting research that informs policy and practice, educating the next generation of leaders and providing outreach and engagement opportunities to communities.

Graduate students benefit from the world-class knowledge of our faculty.

CAFNR Programs of Distinction

Division of Applied Social Sciences faculty are part of CAFNR Programs of Distinction including:

The Financial Research Institute (FRI) specializes in applied financial research focusing on regulated public utilities, particularly those regulated by the Missouri Public Service Commission. Recognized nationally, FRI collaborates with industry leaders and regulatory associations, facilitating effective regulatory policy through forums, symposiums and executive education programs. Its annual Public Utility Symposium draws industry professionals and features top-level executives and regulators.

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) seeks to provide objective analysis of issues related to agricultural markets and policies. FAPRI has developed a state, national and international reputation as a reliable source of information and analysis on everything from farm commodity market outlook to the impacts of farm bills, trade disputes and biofuel policies. FAPRI is best known for its projections for the farm economy.

The Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership (GICL) is a nationally recognized institution offering executive and emerging leader education. Its flagship programs, the Summer Institute and Board Chair & CEO Conference, attract industry professionals from around the globe.

Collaboration at Mizzou

The collaborative nature of Mizzou strengthens our research. Mizzou is one of only a handful of public institutions nationwide that have a medical schoolveterinary medicine collegelaw school, agriculture college (CAFNR) and engineering college on the same campus along with an interdisciplinary life sciences research center, a precision health research facility and the highest-power university nuclear research reactor.