Research Centers

Research Centers and Institutes within the Penn State Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education.

Our mission is to catalyze integrated research and engagement related to the impacts of land use and land management on water and the environment.

Better Kid Care provides evidence-informed professional development to early care and education and youth development professionals to improve the quality of their care and educational practices.

Penn State's Center for Economic and Community Development helps create new opportunities for people living throughout Pennsylvania.

Home of "Teach Ag!" at Penn State, the center is committed to the operation of a comprehensive program of professional personnel development for career and technical education.

CSIS focuses on regulated public utilities, consumer complaints, education and low income utility consumer issues.

ENRI's mission is to improve understanding and management of living systems, landscapes, and human-environment interactions with the objective of sustaining and enhancing ecosystem services and human-well being.

One of four federally-funded regional centers coordinating rural development research in the U.S., the NERCRD coordinates the initiatives of the rural development faculty from the 15 land-grant institutions in the Northeast region.

The Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network (PA-WAgN) supports women in agriculture by providing positive learning environments, networking, and empowerment opportunities.

The UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development focuses on issues of youth and community capacity building, equality and education, economic development, social justice, and sustainable development.