About the Lewis Center 2015-10-05T13:29:18+00:00

About the Lewis Center

The Lewis Center advances research solutions for California’s urban and regional challenges, with an emphasis on transportation, economic development and housing, and the environment.

Founded in 1988 as a research center of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, we are dedicated to the interdisciplinary study and understanding of urban and regional policy issues affecting California.  We support high-quality scholarly research, offer public programs and events, conduct a wide range of research studies, and provide accessible publications of our research findings. We strive to make our research and activities accessible and responsive to policymakers, opinion leaders, public officials, and the general community.

A Commitment to Public Service

Every year, the Lewis Center sponsors public lectures and seminars, convenes conferences to stimulate intellectual debate and dialogue, and organizes workshops to engage and educate public officials and decision-makers. A series of working papers and other Lewis Center publications are freely accessible on our Web site. Researchers frequently deliver briefings and testimony to elected officials and community groups, provide media interviews, and advise both public-sector and private-sector leaders. The Lewis Center advisory board includes members from both the University and the wider community to ensure that our programs and research are responsive, timely, and effective.

Research on Critical Issues in California

A vital research arm of UCLA and the UCLA School of Public Affairs, the Lewis Center involves over 90 faculty members and numerous graduate students from schools and departments throughout the university, including economics, public health, political science, and environmental sciences. Research grants now total over $5 million. Past and current examples of research projects include:

  • Identifying local government responses to greenhouse gas emissions policies
  • Measuring emissions in port-adjacent neighborhoods
  • Calculating the costs of pollution prevention policies
  • Developing sustainability indicators for transportation systems
  • Searching for transportation and parking solutions
  • Identifying work-residence relationships in restructuring metropolitan areas
  • Anticipating immigration’s effects on California cities
  • Evaluating economic development strategies

The Lewis Center frequently sponsors distinguished visiting fellows and scholars, and collaborates with researchers at other California universities and research institutes.