Research

A Decade of 9/11 Research

During the past decade ISERP program affiliates and research centers have undertaken a broad range of research projects examining the aftermath of September 11, 2001 — from exhaustive oral histories to the role of crisis mental health to analyzing the social movement of architects that sprang up after 9/11.

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Facts
Women are more likely to participate in environmental stewardship. Learn Why.
Children who live within 250 meters of a child with autism have a 42 percent higher chance being diagnosed. Learn More
In 2004, same-sex marriage did not have majority support in any state — today 17 states have majority support
Law mandating care for people With severe mental illnesses helps reduce violence. Here's why.    
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Who are Volunteer Stewards?

New York City's bold move to plant one million trees across its five boroughs by 2017 relies heavily on volunteer involvement. A new study from the Environmental Stewardship Project, part of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, found that the vast majority of volunteers who have participated in the campaign's tree plantings thus far have mostly been women, as well as highly educated, white and under 30, who are engaged in many types of civic and political activities. Although this reflects nationwide trends in volunteerism, the researchers say the campaign should broaden its reach into diverse community groups and build upon established social connections. 

Core Findings
  • The mean age of the volunteer stewards was 32 (the median age was 28).
  •  About half of the respondents were white (51.3%), about one-fifth reported being Hispanic (19.2%), and almost equal numbers of volunteers reported being Asian or black (9.8% and 8.8% respectively).
  • 8.8% of volunteers surveyed were black compared to 25.1% of the New York City population.