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The Institute for Policy & Social Research brings together social scientists from a broad range of disciplines to pursue and conduct sponsored research at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels. IPSR affiliated faculty represent disciplines such as economics, education, environmental studies, geography, political science, public administration, social welfare, sociology, and urban planning. More information can be found on the About IPSR page.

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  • Indigenous research sovereignties: Sparking the deeper conversations we need 

    Johnson, Jay T.; Brewer, Joseph P., II; Nelson, Melissa K.; Palmer, Mark H.; Louis, Renee Pualani (Sage, 2023-05-23)
    This article seeks to spark a conversation and further debate through the 15 papers and 3 commentaries comprising this special issue entitled “Indigenous Research Sovereignty.” By inviting the authors to publish in this ...
  • Environment and Planning F: Special issue on Indigenous Research Sovereignty 

    Johnson, Jay T.; Brewer, Joseph P., II; Nelson, Melissa K.; Palmer, Mark H.; Louis, Renee Pualani (Sage, 2023)
  • Broadband in Kansas: The Challenges of Digital Access and Affordability 

    Ginther, Donna K.; Halegoua, Germaine; Wedel, Xan; Becker, Thomas; Hurd, Genna; Goettlich, Walter (Institute for Policy & Social Research, University of Kansas, 2023-03)
    The Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) at the University of Kansas received funding from the Economic Development Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce under the CARES Act to study broadband access ...
  • Activating dinitrogen for chemical looping ammonia Synthesis: Mn nitride layer growth modeling 

    Aframehr, Wrya Mohammadi; Pfromm, Peter H. (Chemical Engineering Science, 2022-04-28)
    The earth-abundant transition metal manganese (Mn) has been shown to activate dinitrogen (N2) and store nitrogen (N) as nitride for subsequent chemical reaction, for example, to produce ammonia (NH3). Chemical looping ...
  • Activating dinitrogen for chemical looping ammonia synthesis: nitridation of manganese 

    Aframehr, Wrya Mohammadi; Pfromm, Peter H. (Journal of Materials Science, 2021-04-23)
    The earth-abundant transition metal manganese (Mn) has been shown to be useful to activate dinitrogen at atmospheric pressure and elevated temperature by forming bulk Mn nitrides. Mn nitrides could then be used, for example, ...
  • Relating agriculture, energy, and water decisions to farm incomes and climate projections using two freeware programs, FEWCalc and DSSAT 

    Phetheet, Jirapat; Hill, Mary C.; Barron, Robert W.; Gray, Benjamin Jerome; Wu, Hongyu; Amanor-Boadu, Vincent; Heger, Wade; Kisekka, Isaya; Golden, Bill; Rossi, Matthew W. (Agricultural Systems, 2021-10)
    Context: The larger scale perspective of Integrated Assessment (IA) and smaller scale perspective of Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (IAV) need to be bridged to design long-term solutions to agricultural problems ...
  • Consequences of climate change on food-energy-water systems in arid regions without agricultural adaptation, analyzed using FEWCalc and DSSAT 

    Phetheet, Jirapat; Hill, Mary C.; Barron, Robert W.; Rossi, Matthew W.; Amanor-Boadu, Vincent; Wu, Hongyu; Kisekka, Isaya (Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 2021-05)
    Effects of a changing climate on agricultural system productivity are poorly understood, and likely to be met with as yet undefined agricultural adaptations by farmers and associated business and governmental entities. The ...
  • Chemical Looping of Manganese to Synthesize Ammonia at Atmospheric Pressure: Sodium as Promoter 

    Aframehr, Wrya Mohammadi; Huang, Chaoran; Pfromm, Peter H. (Chemical Engineering & Technology, 2020-08-10)
    Affordable synthetic ammonia (NH3) enables the production of nearly half of the food we eat and is emerging as a renewable energy carrier. Sodium-promoted chemical looping NH3 synthesis at atmospheric pressure using manganese ...
  • Resilience and technological diversity in smart homes 

    Modarresi, Amir; Symons, John (Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing, 2020)
    This article introduces our abstract modeling strategy to represent the general features and topology of the kinds of integrated and technologically diverse networks that feature in IoT systems. We begin with smart home ...
  • Intelligent Systems for Geosciences: An Essential Research Agenda 

    Gil, Yolanda; Pierce, Suzanne A.; Babaie, Hassan; Banerjee, Arindam; Borne, Kirk; Bust, Gary; Cheatham, Michelle; Ebert-Uphoff, Imme; Gomes, Carla; Hill, Mary C.; Horel, John; Hsu, Leslie; Kinter, Jim; Knoblock, Craig; Krum, David; Kumar, Vipin; Lermusiaux, Pierre; Liu, Yan; North, Chris; Pankratius, Victor; Peters, Shanan; Plale, Beth; Pope, Allen; Ravela, Sai; Restrepo, Juan; Ridley, Aaron; Samet, Hanan; Shekhar, Shashi; Skinner, Katie; Smyth, Padhraic; Tikoff, Basil; Yarmey, Lynn; Zhang, Jia (Communications of the ACM, 2019-01)
    A research agenda for intelligent systems that will result in fundamental new capabilities for understanding the Earth system. Many aspects of geosciences pose novel problems for intelligent systems research. Geoscience ...
  • A wedge or a weight? Critically examining nuclear power’s viability as a low carbon energy source from an intergenerational perspective 

    Barron, Robert W.; Hill, Mary C. (Energy Research & Social Science, 2019-04)
    Some integrated assessment studies of climate change have concluded that nuclear energy has a large potential impact on carbon abatement costs. However, these studies have often modeled the cost of nuclear waste management ...
  • Beyond fossil fuel–driven nitrogen transformations 

    Chen, Jingguang G.; Crooks, Richard M.; Seefeldt, Lance C.; Bren, Kara L.; Bullock, R. Morris; Darensbourg, Marcetta Y.; Holland, Patrick L.; Hoffman, Brian; Janik, Michael J.; Jones, Anne K.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; King, Paul; Lancaster, Kyle M.; Lymar, Sergei V.; Pfromm, Peter H.; Schneider, William F.; Schrock, Richard R. (Science, 2018-05-25)
    How much carbon does it take to make nitric acid? The counterintuitive answer nowadays is quite a lot. Nitric acid is manufactured by ammonia oxidation, and all the hydrogen to make ammonia via the Haber-Bosch process comes ...
  • Towards sustainable agriculture: Fossil-free ammonia 

    Pfromm, Peter H. (Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 2016-12-28)
    About 40% of our food would not exist without synthetic ammonia (NH3) for fertilization. Yet, NH3 production is energy intensive. About 2% of the world's commercial energy is consumed as fossil fuels for NH3 synthesis based ...
  • Legitimate to whom? The challenge of audience diversity and new venture legitimacy 

    Fisher, Greg; Kuratko, Donald F.; Bloodgood, James M.; Hornsby, Jeffrey S. (Journal of Business Venturing, 2017-01)
    We examine how entrepreneurs manage new venture legitimacy judgments across diverse audiences, so as to appear legitimate to the different audience groups that provide much needed financial resources for venture survival ...
  • The role of network density and betweenness centrality in diffusing new venture legitimacy: an epidemiological approach 

    Bloodgood, James M.; Hornsby, Jeffrey S.; Rutherford, Matthew; McFarland, Richard G. (International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 2017)
    To survive and grow, new ventures must establish initial legitimacy, and subsequently diffuse this legitimacy through a given population. While the notion of initial legitimacy has received substantial attention in the ...
  • Regulating the Ogallala: Paradox and Ambiguity in Western Kansas 

    Gibson, Jane W.; Gray, Benjamin Jerome (The Economics of Ecology, Exchange, and Adaptation: Anthropological Explorations, 2016-09-01)
    Purpose: To illuminate the underlying logic of western Kansas farmers’ decisions to irrigate at unsustainable rates and the state’s regulatory policies and practices that enable depletion of the Ogallala aquifer. Meth ...
  • Economic feasibility of algal biodiesel under alternative public policies 

    Amanor-Boadu, Vincent; Pfromm, Peter H.; Nelson, Richard (Renewable Energy, 2014-07)
    The motivation for this research was to determine the influence of public policies on economic feasibility of producing algal biodiesel in a system that produced all its energy needs internally. To achieve this, a steady-state ...
  • Actor–Networks, Farmer Decisions, and Identity 

    Gray, Benjamin Jerome; Gibson, Jane W. (Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment, 2013)
    Climate change and industrial agricultural practices pose threats to the future of Kansas agriculture. To inform the debate about sustainable agriculture that must soon occur, we seek to illuminate the factors involved in ...
  • Solar thermochemical production of ammonia from water, air and sunlight: Thermodynamic and economic analyses 

    Michalsky, Ronald; Parman, Bryon J.; Amanor-Boadu, Vincent; Pfromm, Peter H. (Energy, 2012-06)
    Ammonia is an important input into agriculture and is used widely as base chemical for the chemical industry. It has recently been proposed as a sustainable transportation fuel and convenient one-way hydrogen carrier. ...
  • Sustainability of algae derived biodiesel: A mass balance approach 

    Pfromm, Peter H.; Amanor-Boadu, Vincent; Nelson, Richard (Bioresource Technology, 2011-01)
    A rigorous chemical engineering mass balance/unit operations approach is applied here to bio-diesel from algae mass culture. An equivalent of 50,000,000 gallons per year (0.006002 m3/s) of petroleum-based Number 2 fuel ...

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