Mark Edwards

Associate Professor
Contact Information
319 Fairbanks Hall
Member of Graduate Faculty in: 
Water Resources Policy and Management
Willing to Advise Students for: 
Willing to serve on Graduate Committees for: 
Primary Areas of Research Interest: 
Surface Water
Current Research Interests: 

Sociologists' research can make a difference in decisions made by our leaders. Professor Mark Edwards' research into the changing rates of food insecurity and hunger in Oregon has assisted advocacy groups and legislators in improving the state's efforts to enroll low income families in food stamp programs. The apparent result has been a dramatic decline in Oregon's hunger rate in the early part of this decade, in spite of the fact that the state was experiencing an economic recession. His research has been highlighted in the Associated Press, National Public Radio, and Oregon television stations. Currently, he is studying the link between public policy decisions and changes in hunger in other western states as well. You can locate some of his papers at the rural studies website.