Focus Areas

CSTEPS research portfolio covers a range of topics and brings together outstanding faculty and researchers from around the world. Many of our project topics intersect with a several research areas including: relationships between social structure and human behavior, adaptation to environmental change, the science-policy interface, public-private governance models and social equity.

Learn more about our research projects by filtering by focus area below or visiting focus area pages for more information. 

 

Funded through the National Science Foundation's RAPID program in July 2020, this research takes advantage of the unique opportunity window offered by the COVID-19 crisis to understand how and why institutional determinants of data access and sharing evolve over the course of a public healt

Focus area(s): Global Regulation and Governance

 

Potential and emerging impacts of the changing institutional landscape on the global exchange of genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA)

Focus area(s): Food security and International Development; Global Regulation and Governance

 

This US Department of Transportation funded study is designed to enable national level analysis of the decision-making context within which transit agencies operate.  It consists of two components.

Focus area(s): Adaptation to Climate Change

 

While the problem of the commons is more important to our lives and
thus more central to public policy and management, it remains
unsettled. Challenges continue in the management of ocean fisheries,

Focus area(s): Global Regulation and Governance

 

Public transportation and public educational programs are mandated to provide transportation services for mentally and physically disabled individuals.

Focus area(s): Science Policy, Competitiveness and Evaluation

 

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Focus area(s): Food security and International Development; Global Regulation and Governance

 

The primary aim of DivSeek is “to enable breeders and researchers to mobilize…plant genetic variation to accelerate the rate of crop improvement”.

Focus area(s): Food security and International Development; Global Regulation and Governance

 

Climate Smart Technology Network (CSTNets) is part of the 2014-2019 Climate Change for Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Flagship Four initiative.

Focus area(s): Adaptation to Climate Change; Food security and International Development

 

The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Branch seeks to increase the number of highly-trained underrepresented biomedical and behavioral scientists in leadership positions to significantly impact the health-related research needs of the nation.

Focus area(s): Science Policy, Competitiveness and Evaluation

 

Originally established by NSF in 1979, EPSCoR supports the development of scientific infrastructure that enhances in a state science and engineering (S&E) capacity.

Focus area(s): Science Policy, Competitiveness and Evaluation

 

The NSF’s IGERT program is designed to develop university-based programs for graduate education and training that integrate collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Focus area(s): Science Policy, Competitiveness and Evaluation

 

Barriers and Facilitators to Germplasm Exchange in Developing Countries: Implications for Responses to Climate Change

Focus area(s): Adaptation to Climate Change; Food security and International Development; Global Regulation and Governance

 

Knowledge for Policy: Critical Research for Understanding Potential Impacts of ABS on Eight Sectors of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Focus area(s): Food security and International Development; Global Regulation and Governance

 

Developing capacity to effectively implement the ITPGRFA: Research on policy network structure, actor characteristics, and coalitions

Focus area(s): Global Regulation and Governance

 

The education system in the United States produces and advances substantially fewer women than men in most STEM fields.

Focus area(s): Science Workforce Globalization and Equity

 

Research on university patenting has focused primarily on aggregate analyses of temporal changes in quantity and quality of university patents, their impact and utilization, and their distribution by class.

Focus area(s): Science Policy, Competitiveness and Evaluation

 

This empirical research proposal addresses the characteristics and role of networks in career advancement, outcomes, and mentoring for women and underrepresented minority academic scientists in non–Research I institutions.

Focus area(s): Science Workforce Globalization and Equity

 

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This project consists of the design and baseline interviews for an evaluation of an innovative project to integrate digital inclusion initiatives into community-building efforts in several low-income Chicago neighborhoods.

Focus area(s): Technology and Innovation in Government

 

The Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) is a new organization at the University of Illinois at Chicago primarily funded by the State of Illinois. IPCE’s mission is to “transform democracy by creating a more fully engaged citizenry with more effective leaders”.

Focus area(s): Technology and Innovation in Government

 

The emerging and important area of social computing, or the support of social behavior through computing technologies, is expected to have significant implications for the conduct of work in modern organizations.

Focus area(s): Technology and Innovation in Government

 

This research aims to develop and administer a national survey of state and local government agencies to examine the extent to which different agencies utilize technology (Internet and non-Internet based) to seek input from citizens and other stakeholders.

Focus area(s): Technology and Innovation in Government

 

The Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) consortium is funded by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Focus area(s): Science Policy, Competitiveness and Evaluation