Research, Institutes & Centers

UAA has many institutes and centers that sponsor research, training, public service and other activities related to northern populations. The state’s vast resources and unique challenges are central to these sponsored programs and specialty research. They address concerns of Anchorage and Alaska communities as well as issues of national and international interest. Below is a list of institutes and centers that support UAA's mission in coordination with colleges and schools.

  • The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)
    ISER enhances the well-being of Alaskans and others through non-partisan research that helps people understand social and economic systems and supports informed public and private decision-making. ISER is Alaska's oldest public policy research organization, founded soon after Alaska became a state. ISER maintains the state's largest economic database and forecasts population and employment growth.
  • Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR)
    The Center for Alaska Education Policy Research enhances decision-making by policymakers, education professionals, and the public through collaborative, interdisciplinary research, analysis, and dissemination. The center conducts non-partisan research on policy issues around educational access, equity and excellence in the Alaska context, across early childhood, primary and secondary, higher and adult education.
  • Center for Addressing Health Disparities through Research and Education (CAHDRE)
    The Center for Addressing Health Disparities through Research and Education (CAHDRE) brings health career pathway programs together to create more opportunities for Alaskans.
  • Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI)
    ENRI is a premier research unit with state of the art research space. ENRI has initiatives in Ecosystem Studies and Conservation Biology, Earth and Climate Processes, and Human Ecology and Coupled Human-Environment Interactions.
  • Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS)
    ICHS provides support and coordination for health research, information and training. Working closely with faculty throughout the University of Alaska system, ICHS provides technical assistance and support to increase the capacity within the state to address the health needs of all Alaskans. The Institute for Health Studies was created by the Alaska State Legislature in 1988 (AS 14.40.088) to develop new solutions to health problems in Alaska and the north.
  • The Justice Center
    The Justice Center undertakes research into justice concerns as they manifest themselves in Alaska. Areas of research have included crime and crime prevention, domestic violence, bush justice and juvenile justice. Established in 1975, the Justice Center is an academic, research and public education program serving the entire state of Alaska.
  • Center for Human Development: University Affiliated Program (CHD)
    The mission of the Center for Human Development is to improve the quality of life for people who experience disabilities and their families, across the life span, through interdisciplinary training, technical assistance, exemplary service development, applied research and dissemination of information. The goals and activities of the Center for Human Development are guided by the values of integration and inclusion, self-determination, individual and family empowerment, cultural sensitivity, diversity, community referencing, independence and productivity.
  • Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (BHRS)
    BHRS is comprised of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students who provide evaluation and research services to federal, state and municipal government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private enterprises. BHRS services include consumer satisfaction, data management and focus groups.
  • Alaska Center for Rural Health (ACRH) (School of Nursing)
    The Alaska Center for Rural Health, Alaska's Area Health Education Center (AHEC), was created in 1987 by rural health care providers, educators and administrators. The AHEC enables Alaska to institutionalize a statewide university-industry partnership focused on strengthening our health workforce.
  • Biomedical Program (WWAMI Medical School)
    WWAMI is a collaborative medical school among universities in five northwestern states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) and the University of Washington School of Medicine. The Alaska WWAMI Program began at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (as WAMI) in 1971.
  • Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    The Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides free consulting services and low-cost educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. The Alaska SBDC business advisors work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions in the areas of management, marketing, sales, finance, accounting and other disciplines required for small business growth, expansion and innovation.
  • Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL)
    CCEL serves as the intersection of student learning, faculty research and creative activity, and community engagement. The mission of CCEL is to connect academic programs with community needs to use scholarship and action for the mutual benefit of the University and the State, its communities, and its diverse people.