Faculty members and students at the University of Oregon have until March 1 to apply for the 2022-2023 Consumer Protection Research Grants, which are funded in a class action lawsuit in 2014 .
Teams are encouraged to apply for research grants that examine ways to protect Oregon consumers. The fields of study are:
- Legal research that serves to inform and influence jurisprudence and legislation relating to consumers.
- Research on policies that would promote a fair market for consumers.
- Community impacts that provide insight into consumer needs, harms or inequalities at the community level, or that test community interventions to address these harms or inequalities.
- Consumer response regarding consumer behavior or decision making at the individual consumer level, or who is testing interventions to remedy such damage at the individual level.
Elizabeth Tippett, UO law professor, chairs the university’s Consumer Protection Research Fund granting committee. For more details, visit the Consumer Protection Research Grants Website.
Grant funding is a by-product of the Scharfstein v. BP West Coast Product. The court was responsible for redistributing more than $ 400 million in damages due to unauthorized debit card transactions by the gas company. After the settlement money was distributed to 1.7 million people, $ 162 million was unclaimed. The OU received $ 3 million of these funds over 10 years to fund research and solve problems affecting consumers in Oregon.
Past funded projects have included “Saving Black Portland: Rethinking Urban Redevelopment as a Tool for Black Economic Empowerment, ‘A project by Angela Addae, professor of law at UO. His research has focused on the historical and contemporary effects of urban redevelopment on black businesses in Portland.
Sanjay Srivastava, UO professor of psychology, and Bradley Hughes, graduate employee in psychology, led âWhose Consumer Complaints Are Taken Seriouslyâ. Their research tested whether stereotypes based on socioeconomic status shaped the responses Oregonians receive when talking about their experiences as consumers.