The Civic Engagement Initiative seeks to offer new ways of thinking about participatory democracy and governance, and to partner with civic leaders to create exemplars of how this works in neighborhoods and public institutions The initiative. has developed a network of scholars from USC Price, other USC schools, and major international research universities.
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.
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.