Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community
Clopton Award Winner
Michael Hamnett is director of the Social Science Research Institute in the College of Social Sciences. His 30 years of work in applied policy research, planning and technical assistance has benefited the community and the state. Hamnett addresses pressing social and environmental issues, and works tirelessly to secure funds for these projects and improve community awareness.
Hamnett has planned and managed more than 40 major policy research and planning projects for the state, the U.S. government and Pacific Island governments. For example, he helped establish the Hawaii Hurricane Relief Fund and recently wrote a policy guide for the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs. As principal investigator, he directed a Hawaii-Philippines project for energy efficiency and environmental protection and a Kauai Risk and Vulnerability Assessment. As project director, he helped plan Kahoolawe restoration and the Hawaii coastal hazard mitigation. He is program director for the Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative Research Program and the Statewide Hazard Mitigation Forum.
Hamnett has also been involved in a number of research projects on youth substance abuse and prevention in response to the community’s need for research and services in these areas. A talented and knowledgeable leader, he brings groups of people with diverse backgrounds together to solve common problems.
The Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community recognizes a UH Manoa faculty member for playing a socially significant role by applying intellectual leadership and academic expertise to the improvement of the community. The award was established as a memorial to longtime Manoa College of Education Professor Robert Clopton and first awarded in 1977.
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