Research Centers and Groups
The USC Center for Economic Development (CED) is a university research center with partial financial sponsorship from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration University Center Program. CED is a clinical forum and outreach arm for the school, engaging the energy, enthusiasm, and talent of students, faculty, and staff to provide a wide range of services to public, private, and nonprofit entities in the 12 counties of Southern California.
The Center for Health Financing, Policy and Management brings together leading researchers from USC, other universities, and the healthcare community to expand society’s knowledge of the strategy, structure, and effective operation of current and emerging delivery systems of health care, and to disseminate new knowledge to improve the performance of health care services at the community, organization and systemic levels.
Jointly housed at the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Price School of Public Policy, the Center for Interdisciplinary Decisions and Ethics (DECIDE) aims to enhance the scholarship and education of decision analysis and increase sensitivity towards ethical considerations in academia, industry, government, and society. It employs an integrated approach involving research, education, and outreach in decision-making and ethics with an emphasis on large-scale social problems and technological innovation.
The USC Center for Sustainable Cities conducts multidisciplinary research, education and planning and policy outreach efforts on the environmental, social and economic sustainability challenges facing metropolitan regions, and contributes to the development of public policy and planning that improves the natural and human environment of cities.
Established in 2000, the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy promotes more effective philanthropy and strengthens the nonprofit sector to advance public problem solving. Its research focuses on trends and patterns in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, philanthropic strategies for social impact, and challenges in philanthropic stewardship and leadership.
The National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) is an interdisciplinary national research center based at USC and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. CREATE’s mission is to improve our nation’s security through the development of advanced models and tools for the evaluation of the risks, costs, and consequences of terrorism and to guide economically viable investments in homeland security.
The USC Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise is an applied research center at the University of Southern California, whose goal is the promotion of effective governance. The Bedrosian Center fosters effective governance by: building the professional capacity of public and nonprofit institutions; shaping public dialogue across public, private, and nonprofit sectors on governance and institutional reform; and promoting and supporting innovative governance scholarship. The Bedrosian Center serves as: a focal point for the discussion of pressing issues the nation faces regarding how the public sector can work better; a conduit to best practices and cutting edge thinking about strategies are made known broadly; and a center of education for public sector principals and staff with the goal of improving government effectiveness in implementing policy.
Affiliated with both USC Price and the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC Lusk Center conducts a broad array of research activities, conferences, forums, published reports, and educational programs. Established in the early 1980s, the center addresses issues and opportunities in real estate, development, planning, infrastructure, and finance in the new arena where public, private, and nonprofit interests converge. The Lusk Center also houses the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast.
METRANS is a U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center. It is a joint partnership of USC and California State University, Long Beach. Its mission is to solve transportation problems in large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach. Its four areas of focus are goods movement and international trade; urban mobility; transportation infrastructure and finance; and safety, security, and vulnerability.
The Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC aims to promote health and value in health care delivery through innovative research and policy in the United States and internationally. The center brings together policy experts and health economists from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the School of Pharmacy. It uses a novel, interdisciplinary approach to advance economic, health services and policy research, and to train a new generation of global health policy leaders.
Established in 2012, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy focuses on the responsibility of leaders to implement policies that most benefit the people they serve. Through post-partisan collaboration, the Institute works to develop real-world, sustainable solutions in five priority areas: education, energy and environment, fiscal and economic policy, health and human wellness, and political reform.
The Sol Price Center for Social Innovation was established with the recent gift to name the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. This new center aims to advance ideas, strategies, and practices that enhance the quality of life for people in urban communities. The center will provide opportunities for direct student engagement across all of the Price School’s primary disciplines.
The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) is a nationally recognized policy and research organization covering issues related to Hispanic and other low-income minority groups. Founded in 1985, the institute is also well-known in the political behavior field and for its accurate assessment of community attitudes. TRPI is a recognized leader in “college knowledge,” specifically the tactics necessary for negotiating acceptance to and gaining the financial support for attending college.