Research Centers

Research Centers

Science & Justice brings together faculty and graduate students from all five academic divisions on the UC Santa Cruz campus to collaboratively address common problems. As science and technology increasingly shape our lives, the Science & Justice community generates modes of inquiry and empirically rigorous research that can enable a diversity of livable technoscientific worlds. To this end, over the course of the last six years, the University of California Santa Cruz has formed an innovative initiative in Science & Justice funded by the University and the U.S. National Science Foundation that is increasingly recognized nationally and internationally for its leading role in developing these new forms of inquiry and action at the intersection of science and society. The initiative builds on the UCSC campus' historic commitments to social justice and strengths in science studies and interdisciplinary research.

The mission of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) is to research, develop, and advance sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound, economically viable, socially responsible, nonexploitative, and that serve as a foundation for future generations.

The Center for Global, International & Regional Studies (CGIRS) is the primary center for the study of international affairs at UC Santa Cruz. CGIRS' work seeks better understanding of the complex issues surrounding the new economic, social and political structures of the 21st century.

The Chicano/Latino Research Center (CLRC) is an internationally recognized site for the support of scholarship on Chicano and Latino issues. Promoting cross-border perspectives linking the Americas and the study of U.S. changing demographic and cultural panorama, the Center focuses on globalization and transculturation, processes that are redefining cultural, social, and political identities in the Americas.

The objective of SCCIE is to broaden our understanding of international economic issues by sponsoring research, conferences, graduate studies, and the exchange of scholars.

The UCSC Center for Labor Studies, founded in 2007, is dedicated to the study of working people, the labor movement, and the challenge of the broader global economy as it impacts the working people of California and beyond. Through conferences, workshops, public lectures, and a range of guest speakers, in particular, on the relationship between the labor movement, social movements, and democratic practices; on gender, race, and ethnic dynamics; and on labor activism in international context.

A group of University of California faculty located at all ten campuses has received a significant grant from the UC Office of the President to launch the University of California Center for New Racial Studies (UCCNRS), a Multi-Campus Research Program. The UCCNRS made its debut in July 2010 and has been assured of UC system-wide support for five subsequent academic years (until June 2015). The mission of the Center is to support innovation in UC-based race/ethnicity research and teaching and to encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative work focused on advancing social/racial justice in an era of changing racial dynamics and persistent racial/ethnic conflict and inequality.

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