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Applied Research

The Economic Growth Institute has a rich history of research related to equitable economic growth. Our research staff works alongside University of Michigan Faculty by:

  • Identifying and analyzing the workforce implications of the research
  • Targeting stakeholders within industry to provide feedback and insights relevant to the research project

Research is a core foundation of the Institute and continues to be integral today. Researchers and student teams have identified best practices in lab-to-market activities, surveyed entrepreneurial support organizations, studied supply chains, and developed a tool to support international economic development. Through both Institute led research and collaborations with the university, the Institute’s research continues to grow with new programs at the forefront of equitable economic growth.

Current Projects

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Dr. Daniel Cooper, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Michael Craig, Assistant Professor in Energy Systems, with the project “Technology and Workforce Pathways for Electric Sector Decarbonization under a Sustainable Manufacturing Future”
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Dr. Ben J. Leffel, Postdoctoral Fellow at Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, on the project “Decarbonization of corporate America: Multi-scalar and environmental justice perspectives”

Interested in partnering with us on a research project? Connect with Sarah Crane at sarahrcr@umich.edu.

Past research projects

Research Staff

Sarah Crane, Ph.D.

Research Manager

Sarah Crane

Eli McClain

Research Project Manager

Eli McClain