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Social and Animal Welfare

Land-grant colleges, such as the University of Minnesota, have a research mission to promote animal, human, and environmental health. By providing research funding to multiple colleges throughout the University, MAES funds research in both animal and social sciences. Significantly, the University's unique urban location allows for research studies that would be impossible for many other land-grant institutions.

For information on the latest social and animal welfare research please visit the features and impacts page.

Veterinary Medicine and Animal Welfare

Often Vet Med and Animal Science researchers work in hand-in-hand to protect consumers, producers, and agriculture animals. From researching emerging farm animal diseases to developing treatments for family pets, University scientists are on the cutting edge of veterinary and animal welfare issues.

Housing and Family Life

The U of M’s unique metropolitan location makes it an ideal place to study urban and affordable housing. Social science researchers are taking a close look at families and how everything from finances to divorce affects today's family unit.

Education and Healthy Living

From food safety and childhood obesity to economic education and the STEM Education Center, University researchers are committed to educating people throughout the world on how to live healthier, happier lives.

MAES supported research related to community vitality and public finance includes projects focused on the impact of publicly supported programs and built environments. A particular focus is placed on assisting rural communities in Minnesota, and internationally, be more prosperous and stable.

Abimbola Asojo, Denise Guerin, Carin Martin and their team have developed a self-administered and internet-based questionnaire that provides a quantitative analysis of occupants' satisfaction with their surroundings called the sustainable post-occupancy evaluation survey (SPOES), 

MAES supported research related to building healthy, strong families continued to focus on underserved populations and how new technologies are changing family dynamics and parenting. Some specific projects also address how finances can positively and negatively affect family dynamics. Here we provide an overview of research highlights from fiscal year 2018.