The school houses a number of research centers where faculty members from across campus pursue issues of mutual interest. In addition to their focus on practical policy problems, the research centers also offer opportunities for student financial aid in the form of research assistant positions, grants, and fellowships.
Center for Policy Research on Aging
The Center for Policy Research on Aging (CPRA) was formed to address the significant issues of an aging society through policy analysis, dissemination of information, and technical assistance to the public and private sectors. The demographic challenges of a nation growing older and living longer force society to confront the roles of government and the private sector in serving the increasing number of elderly and their families. The center’s mission is to conduct research; inform policymakers; link communities to local, state, and federal governments; and foster collaboration among UCLA faculty members.
Institute on Inequality and Democracy
The Institute on Inequality and Democracy advances radical democracy in an unequal world through research, critical thought, and alliances with social movements and racial justice activism. Faculty members and students analyze and transform the divides and dispossessions of our times, in the university and in our cities.
Institute of Transportation Studies
The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), one of the leading transportation policy research centers in the U.S., was created in 1993 to conduct research and furnish professional education on the social, economic, environmental, and cultural aspects of transportation policy. Each year ITS faculty members, students, and research staff collaborate on a wide array of transportation policy and planning studies, ranging from an analysis of the travel trends and transportation needs of immigrants and low-income workers to the testing and evaluation of innovative fare programs to increase public transit use.
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies
The Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies was established in 1988, with a $5-million endowment from Ralph and Goldy Lewis, to promote the multidisciplinary study, understanding, and solution of regional policy issues in California. Research projects cover welfare reform, immigration, the environment, health insurance, labor and employment, and transportation.
Luskin Center for Innovation
The Luskin Center for Innovation serves as a point of intersection and interaction at UCLA, bringing together the brightest minds to concentrate on a specific, urgent Southern California policy issue. Los Angeles is at a critical juncture in many key areas of public policy. UCLA has the intellectual capital to bring together some of the top thinkers in the country, the most enterprising students, and relevant research to support innovative approaches to broad policy problems.
Located within the Luskin School of Public Affairs, the center was founded with a generous gift from the Luskins to engage the academic and public decision makers together in actively pursuing solutions to the Los Angeles region’s most urgent threats. The center turns conventional dividing lines between the academic and practical worlds into a meeting point — reaching across disciplines, sectors, and political points of view to actively pursue long-term solutions that can immediately be put into practice. The current funding cycle addresses environmental sustainability and pollution reduction in Los Angeles.