Social Innovation

Equity and Opportunity through Innovation

From helping end homelessness in L.A. County to developing new economic pathways so that a person’s zip code doesn’t determine life outcomes, the USC Price Center for Social Innovation is tackling today’s most urgent urban challenges — seeking to develop and inform new models that advance equity and opportunity for low-income families.

Social Innovation Impact

How USC Price is informing policy decisions and making an impact in the community

Gary Dean Painter

“You can’t just sit in an ivory tower… you actually have to be embedded in the community. It’s been tremendously rewarding to be part of that process and to be part of the community.”

Gary Dean Painter
Professor and Director of the Price Center for Social Innovation and the Homelessness Policy Research Institute

Social Innovation News

Stories featuring USC Price research and expertise

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USC Price faculty and students share their expertise in policy areas that are shaping the world.

Dean Jack H. Knott headshot

Research and data really are foundational and important tools that we can use to inform how to improve the lives of people in Los Angeles and elsewhere. The neighborhood data platform makes a special contribution because it democratizes this research and data that otherwise might be buried away in a government agency and only available to public officials.

Jack H. Knott
Dean and the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair of the Sol Price School of Public Policy

Academic Programs and Certificates in Social Innovation

Social Innovation Faculty

Explore USC Price faculty and their cross-disciplinary scholarship

Emma AguilaAssistant ProfessorEconomics of aging, health economics, and applied econometrics
Tridib BanerjeeProfessor
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning
Urban design, comparative urbanism, urban sprawl, developing world urbanization, planning theory
Marlon BoarnetMarlon BoarnetProfessor
Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
Transportation, travel behavior, urban growth patterns, regional science, urban economics
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett headshotElizabeth Currid-HalkettProfessor
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning
Economic development, cultural economy, social networks, urban growth, economic geography
Nick Duquette headshotNicolas DuquetteAssistant ProfessorNonprofit economics, public finance, economic history
James M. FerrisProfessor
Emery Evans Olson Chair in Non-Profit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Director, Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy
Philanthropy, nonprofit economics, public finance, public policy, institutional analysis
Alexandra Graddy-ReedAssistant Professor of Public PolicyPublic economics, philanthropy and nonprofits, social innovation, science and innovation policy, research and development
Howard GreenwaldProfessorHealth service delivery, organizational behavior, survey design
Eric HeikkilaProfessor
Director, Office of Global Engagement
Urban development, economic development, East Asian cities, urban economics, urban information systems
Annette M. KimAssociate Professor
Director, Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB)
Housing and land use; international development planning; East Asian urbanization; race, arts, and placemaking; critical mapping and urban analytics
Dora Kingsley VertentenProfessor (Teaching)Public policy, intergovernmental management, non-profit management, strategic planning, social media and information technologies useful in collaborative and participatory democracy
Dean Jack H. Knott headshotJack H. KnottDean
C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair and Professor
Political institutions and public policy, health policy, and public management.
LaVonna B. LewisTeaching Professor of Public Policy
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
American politics, public policy (most notably health policy), interest groups, and federal programs
Jennifer Miller headshotJennifer MillerAssistant Professor (Teaching)Economic development, science and technology policy, workforce policy
Dowell Myers headshotDowell MyersProfessor
Director, Population Dynamics Research Group
Demographic change, future of California, housing impacts, workforce and education, immigration and assimilation, communication for consensus about change
Deborah J. NatoliProfessor (Teaching) Governance, Management, Policy Process
Director, Professional Doctorate Program
Adult development and learning, leadership, human behavior and organizations, depth psychology and psychoanalysis
Gary Dean PainterGary Dean PainterProfessor
Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation
Director, Homelessness Policy Research Institute
Social Innovation, Housing economics, Urban economics, education policy, program evaluation
Bill Resh headshotWilliam G. ReshAssociate ProfessorPublic Management, US presidency and executive politics, policy implementation, organization theory, personnel policy, organizational behavior
Peter J. RobertsonAssociate ProfessorOrganizational theory and behavior, organizational change, ecological governance, collaborative organizing, interorganizational networks
Lisa SchweitzerProfessorEnvironmental justice, Sustainable transportation, Hazardous materials in urban environments, Community environmental quality
David SloaneProfessorUrban history, community health planning, health disparaties, cultural landscapes
Roberto SuroProfessor
Associate Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation
Immigration, Hispanic immigration, immigration policy
Julie M. ZissimopoulosAssociate Professor
Director, Research Training, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
Economics of aging, economics of the family, labor economics, health economics

USC Price Center for Social Innovation

Developing ideas and illuminating strategies to improve the quality of life for low-income urban communities

The Sol Price Center for Social Innovation serves as the research partner of the L.A. Promise Zones, a federally designated community impact and improvement program; and has developed a cutting-edge data platform that promotes a better quality of life for local communities.