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Research

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.

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Collaboration

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.

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Innovation

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.

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Application

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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Communication

Clear and visually compelling designs and creative use of multiple media ensure that the CRC’s research reaches and informs its intended audiences.

Latest CRC News

Latest CRC News

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A Toxic History: Sacramento Region's Minority Communities Face a Legacy of Environmental Injustice

July 2016

An October 2015 environmental justice report by the Center for Regional Change (CRC) at UC Davis illustrated that minorities were pushed to outer neighborhoods like Oak Park, Del Paso Heights and south Sacramento during the 20th century through discriminatory land-use policies like racial covenants in housing deeds, which explicitly blocked properties from being sold to African-Americans, and "redlining," which refers to the federal government's denial of mortgages based on race and ethnicity.  A concept that has become known as "environmental injustice" soon flourished.  The term refers to the idea that low-income neighborhoods and communities of color are saturated with environmental hazards and "systematically excluded from decision-making" that could prevent or mitigate their effects," Jonathan London, director of the CRC, wrote in a March 6 op-ed for the Davis Enterprise.  To read full article, CLICK HERE.

Social Science Graduate Student Awards 2016

June 2016

The UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences (ISS), in partnership with the Center for Regional Change, has awarded six research and travel grants for the 2016-17 academic year to social science students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  The grants were made to outstanding students from the Community Development Graduate Group, Geography Graduate Group and the Ecology Graduate Group.  The CRC is pleased to partner with ISS to leverage support for social science graduate students.  Congratulations to all of the recipients! To see the full list of recipients, CLICK HERE.

 

New CCEP Research Policy Brief

June 2016

California's online voter registration system was a major factor in the recent registration surge leading up to the state's primary election registration deadline. A new policy brief recently released by the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) examines the use of online voter registration across the state by geography, race, age, income level and party affiliation.  To review the brief, CLICK HERE.