About Us

The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit academic research center housed in the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Established in 2002, the Center’s research informs evidence-based policy on the causes, consequences, and correlates of poverty and inequality in the United States.

UKCPR has been the recipient of numerous grants and contracts from federal agencies and foundations that has supported our research and sponsored major conferences on low-income populations. In addition, the Center has sponsored several grant-making and mentoring programs, the most recent of which are the Research Program on Childhood Hunger and the FoodAPS Research Initiative.

Led by the Founding Director, Dr. James P. Ziliak, UKCPR staff and faculty affiliates reflect the cross-disciplinary emphasis of the research agenda, with representatives from economics, public policy, political science, public health, sociology, and social work. We invite you to explore the pages on our site to learn more about our activities.


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