USC Price School of Public Policy

Research Initiatives

Population Dynamics Research Group

The Population Dynamics Research Group studies the structure and trends of the population of the Los Angeles region and California as a whole to bring a population-centered perspective to planning and policymaking. Specific research areas include immigration, changes in ethnic and racial composition, tobacco use and health, education, housing, transportation, census data and alternative planning forecasts.

Spatial Analysis Lab for Teaching and Research

Committed to expanding the visualization of public policy and urban planning, the USC Price School launched its Spatial Analysis Teaching Laboratory (SATLAB) and a Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB) for research, aiming to utilize multimedia sights and sounds to bring attention to overlooked urban spaces and people. SLAB’s research experiments with developing alternative cartographies and with how our visual narratives interface with social institutions; it critically and creatively endeavors to expand the knowledge that is produced and how it interacts with public discourse.