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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

The CRC is Recruiting: Associate Director Position

March 2016

The UC Davis Center for Regional Change is recruiting for an Associate Director (AD) in order to deepen the impact and catalyze the growth of this cutting edge center dedicated to producing research to inform the building of healthy, properous, sustainable, and equitable communities and regions in California and beyond.  The AD will provide the operational and administrative leadership to support the CRC in realizing its mission.  For the full job description and application:  Applications should be received by April 29, 2016 to insure consideration.


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.