Weldon Cooper Center professionals are known for conducting top quality research, independently and under contract, on a range of topics in the public interest. Cooper Center expert researchers know how to ask the right questions, responsibly analyze data, and develop sound, practical conclusions for public and private organizations across Virginia.
ECONOMICS & ENERGY
Through the Energy Transition Initiative and economic analysis, the Center for Economic & Policy Studies conducts research to help shape public policy and provides the resources for implementation.
The Demographics Research Group conducts practical and policy-oriented analysis of census and demographic data; and communicates rigorous research through the StatChat web series.
THROUGH applied RESEARCH
Through our research, we help leaders in Virginia localities to plan school facilities based on population needs, forecast economic trends, identify priorities through community surveys, and locate solar facilities to meet community energy needs.