University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy

Centers & Programs


UCR has a track-record of innovative public policy research in a variety of academic programs and centers. Drawing upon these diverse strengths, the MPP program will be highly inter-disciplinary, innovative, and solution-based. All of these centers, institutes, and research groups will provide teaching and internship support to the MPP program, enabling students to experience a rich variety of coursework and fieldwork in many different areas of public policy.

School of Public Policy Affiliated Centers

Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) – Director, Ron Loveridge

Ron LoveridgeThe Center conducts and disseminates research on issues of suburban growth and the impact of this growth on social, environmental, and transport systems.

Ron Loveridge, an associate professor of political science, recently completed a 33-year career as Riverside mayor and councilman before stepping in to the role of Director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development.

"The Inland counties of Riverside and San Bernardino are expected to grow into two of the largest counties in the state by 2060, trailing only Los Angeles. We will need sound policy planning more than ever to effectively manage this rapid change. The School of Public Policy will play an instrumental role in the evolution of this region."

Center for Sustainable Suburban Development

Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies – Director, Steve Clark

Steve ClarkEstablished by the California Legislature in 1993, The Presley Center conducts research on crime prevention and works closely with local governments in Inland Southern California to develop and evaluate evidence-based policies, firmly grounded in social science, aimed at preventing youth violence and crime.

Steven E. Clark, a Professor of Psychology who is known internationally for his research on eyewitness identification, was named director of the UCR Robert Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies on April 1, 2013.

Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies

One Health Center of the UC Global Health Institutes – Director, Bruce Link

Bruce LinkUCR is playing a key role in the creation of a University of California Global Health Institute, a groundbreaking, multi-campus program for global health education, research and partnerships. In partnership with UC Davis, UCR has established the One Health Center, focused on reducing the rate of disease and death resulting from malnutrition, unsafe water, and animal- and vector-borne diseases.

Bruce Link, a Professor of Public Policy and Sociology, was named director of the One Health Center on July 1, 2015.

One Health Center

Blum Initiative for Global and Regional Poverty – Director, David Brady

David BradyThe vision of the Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty is to conduct research, teaching, and outreach that focuses attention on poverty in Inland Southern California and ultimately helps policy agencies and community-based organizations combat poverty and improve the lives of the poor in the region.

David Brady, a Professor of Public Policy, was named director of the Blum Initiative on July 1, 2015.

Blum Initiative
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Immigration Research Group – Director, Karthick Ramakrishnan

Karthick RamakrishnanInternational migration has become one of the most prominent and enduring features of globalization. Drawing strength from research in public policy, public health, education and the social sciences, the Immigration Research Group conducts research on immigration and immigrant integration.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of political science and the Associate Dean of the UCR School of Public Policy, recently published The New Immigration Federalism and founded the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (JREP) prior to founding the Immigration Research Group.

Immigration Research Group

Center for Social Innovation

The School of Public Policy is building a Center for Social Innovation that is designed to connect with local communities and provide a credible research voice that can shift away from a “problem and deficit” narrative to an “opportunity and asset” narrative, one that will help unlock the region’s potential in the eyes of government agencies and foundations, as well as the corporate sector and elected officials.

The Center for Social Innovation will focus on four key areas: 1) Immigration Integration, 2) Inclusive Economic Development, 3) Leadership and Civic Engagement, and 4) Social Intrapreneurship and Entrepreneurship. The first two areas will better institutionalize activities underway for nearly a decade. The latter two areas will be new areas of growth for a region that needs to significantly improve its nonprofit infrastructure, with institutional resources at UC Riverside supporting new areas of investment by private foundations and local governments.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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School of Public Policy
Anil B. Deolalikar
Founding Dean
Professor of Economics

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