Founded as a joint enterprise of the University’s Office of Research and Department of Political Science, the Social Science Research Laboratory (SSRL) principal mission is research, and its Research Associates have extensive experience in research design and methodology, geographic information systems (GIS), program evaluation, economic development, survey research, needs assessment, advanced econometrics, and market research. SSRL conducts studies for state and local government agencies, private business and industry, university offices, and faculty members working on grants. It operates on a fee-for-service basis. Since its inception in 1995, the SSRL has conducted more than 20 projects totaling over $3 million.
One current focus of the Research Associates is in the area of economic impact studies. The SSRL has used various modeling software to study a wide-range of economic impacts in the state of Mississippi.
SSRL provides excellent opportunities for graduate student training. Graduate students receive “hands on” experience and work closely with the SSRL faculty on sponsored research projects.
Jonathan Winburn, Director
Social Science Research Laboratory
PO Box 1848
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7190 | fax (662) 915-7808
The Social Science Research Laboratory (SSRL), founded in 1995 by the Department of Political Science and the Office of Research, merged with the Public Policy Research Center (PPRC) in 1997 and now acts as a research or “implementation” unit of the PPRC. The principal mission of the SSRL is to conduct rigorous social science research on issues of state, national, and international importance that affect the citizens of Mississippi. The SSRL operates on a contract basis in the areas of economic development, needs assessments, program evaluations, survey research, and public policy research as well as for interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. The SSRL conducts studies for state and local government agencies, private business and industry, University offices, and faculty members working on grants. In the past, the SSRL has also published the Legislative Handbook for the Mississippi State Legislature. SSRL is a subsidiary organization of the Public Policy Research Center of the University of Mississippi.