Division-wide Research Centers & Initiatives


    Research Centers

  • Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)

    CASFS is a research, education, and public service unit of the Division of Social Sciences, dedicated to furthering organic agriculture, ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system.
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  • Center for Analytical Finance (CAFIN)

    CAFIN includes a group of researchers whose aim is to solve real-world problems of finance in a globalized financial system.
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  • Center for Integrated Spatial Research (CISR)

    CISR is focused on integrating advanced spatial technology, methods, and data (geographic information systems—GIS, global positioning systems—GPS, remote sensing, spatial modeling and statistics) with interdisciplinary research challenges in terrestrial, marine, and urban environments.
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  • Center for Labor Studies (CLS)

    CLS is dedicated to the study of working people, the labor movement, and the challenge of the broader global economy as it impacts the people of California and beyond.
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  • Center for Research on Equity and Collaborative Evaluation (CRECE)

    CRECE's primary goal is to enhance the educational experiences and academic achievement of the children and youth who have been traditionally underserved in US schools.
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  • Center for Statistical Analysis in Social Sciences (CSASS)

    CSASS provides statistical and methodological support to the research missions of all departments within the Division of Social Sciences by providing free statistical consulting and quantitative training workshops.
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  • Chicano/Latino Research Center (CLRC)

    CLRC is a vibrant hub for Chicano, Latino, Latin American, and migration studies.
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  • Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History

    The Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History supports natural history educational and research opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Santa Cruz community.
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  • Science and Justice Research Center

    The Science and Justice Research Center brings together faculty and graduate students from all five academic divisions on the UC Santa Cruz campus to address common problems collaboratively.
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  • The UC Santa Cruz Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance

    The Blum Center iinvestigates, analyzes, educates and trains students, scholars and practitioners in mechanisms, policies and practices that will facilitate properly-scaled, innovative and effective institutional management and operation involving issues of poverty.
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  • Research Initiatives

  • Bruce Initiative on Rethinking Capitalism

    The Bruce Initiative on Rethinking Capitalism connects those who are technically adept at the new financial technologies with scholars of culture, institutions, ethics and theology. The initiative considers and assesses alternatives to capitalism.

  • Everett Program

    Everett’s goal is create a new generation of “info-savvy” advocates using information technology to overcome informational exclusion–based barriers to civic participation and social justice.
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  • Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators (ISEE)

    ISEE prepares science and engineering (S&E) graduate students for their educational role as future faculty members, and a wide range of other science and engineering careers requiring teaching skills.
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To view the complete list of research centers and initiatives across the division and its departments, please consult the 2015-2016 course catalog.

Research centers associated with the Division of Social Sciences are periodically reviewed by a small team consisting of two campus peers and one external individual. Please visit this link for the Division of Social Sciences Research Center Review Guidelines.

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