Centers and Initiatives

Centers and Initiatives


Centers and Initiatives

The UCR School of Public Policy is home to four research centers that partner closely with policy agencies and community organizations.

Blum CSI

Blum Initiative on

Global & Regional Poverty

Engages in academic and community-based research that focuses attention on poverty and inequality in inland Southern California and around the world – with the goal of helping develop policy solutions for alleviating poverty and improving the lives of the poor. 

Center for Social Innovation

The Center for Social Innovation focuses on five key areas: Civic Engagement, Economic Mobility, Immigrant Integration, Leadership & Entrepreneurship, and Place Making. Specific to their work in Inland Southern California, their activities in collaborative research, policy innovation, and narrative change are aimed to more fully realize the region’s potential in terms of its civic activities, philanthropic investments, and growing nonprofit sector.  

Inland Center for Sustainable Development

ICSD conducts and disseminates research and reports on issues of suburban growth and its impact on social, environmental, and transport systems.

Robert Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies

The Presley Center conducts empirical research on crime and the criminal justice system in order to inform evidence-based practices and policies in the Inland Empire and across California.