A solutions-oriented approach

Arizona State University is a forerunner in research productivity. More importantly, ASU research is use-inspired, socially embedded, a catalyst for change and innovation, and highly responsive to real-world problems. The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions leads the university in the production of research that has system-wide and largescale impact on a myriad of social, behavioral, economic, and political challenges. Through rigorous applied research, we are developing solutions with the potential to better our response to pressing issues and positively impact our communities locally, nationally and globally.

Solutions more often than not require work that gets out of academic silos. Although our disciplines appear diverse, the commonality is clear in the projects that we take on: social work and criminology share strong links around the cycles of victimization and criminality that must be broken; vibrant urban centers require efficient administration and robust public participation as much as safety and economic vitality.

Nearly 3 million children are stillborn every year. The majority of stillbirths globally are preventable (related to medical care and labor). But historically, little research has been done to...Read more

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West. Today's focus in on the...Read more

In the not-too-distant future, it will become commonplace to see a car drive by with no one at the wheel. Or perhaps no one inside at all.

Self-driving cars are coming, and reports are...Read more

You’ve heard the stereotype of ticket scalpers – that they’re lone wolves waiting to prey on people with overpriced access to the events we want to see.

Pretty accurate, right?

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Leaders from Arizona State University will join a ceremony in Islamabad on June 3 to officially launch a five-year energy studies partnership with two leading Pakistani universities to improve...Read more

The benefits of parks seem obvious – bringing social, cultural and environmental impact while at the same time working to minimize pollution and crowding. But is it also possible to demonstrate...Read more

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs is on the rise in the United States, as well as the number of fatal...Read more

In fall 2013 the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix followed up on its record-setting exhibition with Chihuly in the Garden, bringing the renowned artist, Dale Chihuly, back for a second time. His...Read more

Arizona State University researchers with inventions licensed to existing companies or to form new startups will be entitled to a larger share of the proceeds under a new university policy...Read more

Heat killed 139 people in Arizona in 2013. The best way to reduce that number is to be prepared. A new report,...Read more

Like Arizona, summer weather in Brisbane, Australia can get hot. Dangerously hot. And on the most extreme days, hospitalizations go up for residents of certain parts of the city, but not others....Read more

Almost 20 years ago, Julie* underwent a radical transformation away from the life she had known since she was 17. That was when she followed her mother down a path of drug addiction and...Read more