Research Networks

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) coordinates with its U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC) to facilitate five national Research Networks intended to design, guide, and implement thematic research and policy agendas in the following areas below.

Each network includes researchers, policymakers, and practitioners with a variety of professional, disciplinary, methodological, and policy perspectives, to assure that the networks bring a range of approaches to bear on current policy issues and are responsive and informative to the larger policy, practice, and research communities.


The Research Networks function to advance applied, policy-relevant research on the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in order to inform policies and programs. Each network provides intellectual leadership and training guidance in their thematic area.

Themes and Membership

Poverty and Geography

Poverty and Family Functioning

Poverty, Employment, and Self-Sufficiency

Poverty and the Transition to Adulthood

Poverty, Tax and Transfer Policies