Social Innovation

Equity and Opportunity through Innovation

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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

Academic Programs and Certificates in Social Innovation

Featured Research Center

Social Innovation News

Stories featuring USC Price research and expertise

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 Faculty

Explore USC Price faculty and their cross-disciplinary scholarship

Emma AguilaAssociate ProfessorEconomics of aging, health economics, and applied econometrics
Christine Beckman headshotChristine M. BeckmanThe Price Family Chair in Social Innovation and Professor of Public PolicySocial innovation and inequality, organizational learning and interorganizational networks, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, technology and work, organizational control
Marlon Boarnet headshotMarlon 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, the arts, cultural economy, social networks, urban growth, economic geography
Nicolas DuquetteAssociate ProfessorNonprofit economics, public finance, economic history
Nicole E. EsparzaAssociate ProfessorNonprofit organizations, networks, philanthropy, and urban inequality
James M. FerrisProfessor
Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs
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 HeikkilaProfessorUrban 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 VertentenDora Kingsley VertentenProfessor (Teaching)
Faculty Director, Master of Public Administration Online
Public policy, intergovernmental management, non-profit management, strategic planning, social media and information technologies useful in collaborative and participatory democracy
Lewis headshotLaVonna 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
Glenn MelnickProfessor
Blue Cross of California Chair in Health Care Finance
Health economics, health finance, health care systems, managed care
Juliet Ann Musso headshotJuliet Ann MussoAssociate Professor
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
State and local governance; federalism, urban political economy, fiscal policy, community governance, government performance.
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 and Management
Director, Professional Doctorate Program
Adult development and learning, leadership, human behavior and organizations, depth psychology and psychoanalysis
Gary Dean PainterGary Dean PainterProfessor
Chair, Department of Public Policy
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. ReshC.C. Crawford Professor in Management and Performance and Associate ProfessorPublic Management, US presidency and executive politics, policy implementation, organization theory, personnel policy, organizational behavior
Peter Robertson headshot 2019Peter 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 SloanDavid SloaneProfessorUrban history, community health planning, health disparities, cultural landscapes
Headshot of Roberto SuroRoberto 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