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Drawing on inter-disciplinary expertise, the CRC produces cutting edge research on critical dimensions of regional change, including civic engagement, economic development, environmental justice, regional equity, and youth health & well-being.



The CRC work is founded on the principle of collaboration, and the belief that regional change is catalyzed by diverse groups of individuals and organizations engaged in a process of mutual inquiry and action.



Field-shaping research methods and data tools, such as socio-spatial mapping, multi-indicator indices of well-being and vulnerability and participatory action research provide unique contributions to scholarship and practices of regional change.



The CRC’s research is solutions oriented and intended to inform public policy, community advocacy, economic development, and human/ social service sectors in their work to build healthy, prosperous, sustainable, and equitable communities and regions.



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Latest CRC News

Latest CRC News

Tech for Social Good

April 2016

CITRIS at UC Davis, the Blum Center for Developing Economies, the Center for Regional Change, and the Institute for Social Sciences are announcing its inaugural small seed grants competition to support pilot projects that promote social good, foster collaboration across disciplines within UC Davis, and enable outreach with community organizations.  We are soliciting proposals for pilot projects that promote social good through both technological as well as systems development advances to support healthy, sustainable, prosperous, and equitable livelihoods within underserved communities in the United States and abroad.  Projects that use online tools, including social media, mapping interfaces, and websites to enhance public engagement in cultural, political, social, and economic issues are encouraged, as well as innovative business, marketing and development applications. Deadline to apply for up to $5K in funding is June 1. Want to learn more about the Tech for Social Good grant? Or want to find a collaborator? Register for an info session and matchmaking workshop on Thursday, May 19 - 4PM-5:30PM (campus location TBD).

Identifying Locations of Affordable Housing Shortages

February 2016

Finding the right jobs-housing balance, or the proportion of jobs per household in a geographic region, has long been an important concern for urban planners.  More recently, attention has turned to jobs-housing fit, which is the extent to which housing price is well matched to local job quality.   Professor Chris Benner and Assistant Professor Alex Karner, faculty affiliates of the CRC, have introduced a new methodology for calculating the low-wage jobs-housing fit at both a jurisdiction and neighborhood scale. This methodology was designed in collaboration with affordable housing advocates and has been directly applied in urban planning and affordable housing policy efforts. Limited free downloads are currently available HERE.


Farmersville Opens Up a Dialogue about Child Health

January 2016

You can’t solve all of the world’s problems in one day. In fact, you can’t solve all of the problems in a single town in one day, but not for a lack of trying. On January 29, the UC Davis Center for Regional Change in conjunction with the American Friends Service Committee held a “community dialogue” from 3-5 p.m. at Farmersville City Hall to share information, identify problems and offer solutions for the health and well-being of Farmersville children. Carolyn Abrams with the UC Davis Center for Regional Change began the conversation by asking those in attendance to identify the issues facing their community.  READ MORE


New CCEP Research on the Latino Vote in California and the United States

January 2016

The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) just released a new research report "As California Goes, So Goes the Nation? U.S. Demographics and the Latino Vote." This report presents new CCEP research that addresses how demographic change in the U.S. is impacting the nation's political landscape. The 2012 general election generated considerable discussion about the current and future demographic make-up of the U.S. electorate. Much of this attention focused on how growing numbers of U.S. Latinos might generate a larger share of Latino voters, and what their influence might be on the political process. How Latinos vote, how often they vote, and how that vote will grow in the coming years has significant implications for both national and local politics, potentially remaking the nation's "red-blue map," and giving Latinos a greater voice in the political decision-making process. This report provides a detailed overview of the U.S. and California's changing population composition, while also documenting the historical and current racial and ethnic disparities in voter turnout present within our electoral system. The report examines the following research questions: What has been the impact of Latino population growth on the political landscape in California and the U.S.? How do California Latino voters differ from U.S. Latino voters? And what impact will Latinos play in the 2016 U.S. election and beyond? To review this report, click here.