University-Based Research Centers



  • California Center for Population Research Multidisciplinary center for demographic research and graduate training. University of California. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Center for Comparative Political Economy Financed by the International Studies and Overseas program at UCLA. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Institute for Social Science Research Promotes interdisciplinary research on a broad spectrum of contemporary sociological, psychological, political, and economic problems and community issues. University of California. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Institutes of the Environment Seeks to "address the full complexity of today's environmental problems on a local, regional, and global scale through innovative, integrative, multidisciplinary academic, research, and outreach programs." University of California. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Institute of Business and Economic Research Supports research in economics and business. University of California-Berkeley, CA.
  • Institute of Industrial Relations Research on labor and employment relations. University of California-Berkeley, CA.
  • Institute of Transportation Studies (Berkeley) Research on transportation and related issues in California. University of California-Berkeley, CA.
  • Institute of Urban and Regional Development Conducts research into processes of urban and regional growth and decline, and effects of governing policies on the patterns and processes of development. University of California-Berkeley, CA.
  • Cesar E. Chavez Institute Established to create a base for academic research on critical issues facing Raza communities in California (particularly in the San Francisco bay area). San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.
  • San Francisco Urban Institute Research and action project that addresses San Francisco's most critical issues. San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.
  • Golden State Center for Policy Studies Draws on the Claremont Institute's scholarship and research for practical application to the policies of California. Claremont, CA.
  • Tomas Rivera Policy Institutes (Pitzer College) Conducts and disseminates objective, policy-relevant research and its implications to decision makers on key issues affecting Latino communities. Claremont, CA and Austin, TX.
  • California Institute of Public Affairs An independent, nonprofit organization that works in California and internationally and emphasizes a systematic, long-range view of public affairs that combines social, cultural, environmental, and economic concerns. Sacramento, CA.
  • Rand Corporation A nonprofit organization that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. Santa Monica, CA.
  • Public Policy Institute of California Private, nonprofit institute dedicated to research on California's social, political, and economic issues. San Francisco, CA.


British Columbia

  • Centre for Labour Studies Will promote the study and understanding of labour, working people, and their organizations from a comprehensive social, cultural, historical, political, and economic perspective. Simon Fraser University, BC Canada.
  • Institute of Governance Studies Research on issues and problems of governance—in Canada, at the municipal, regional, metropolitan, provincial, and federal levels and in comparative and international settings. Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Research at SFU: Centres and Institutes List of and links to Simon Fraser University's research centers and institutes. BC Canada.