The Metropolitan Futures Initiative at the University of California, Irvine aims to develop an improved understanding of communities and their potential for integrative and collaborative planning and action to ensure a bright future for the region. It approaches these goals by bringing together an interdisciplinary research team along with the insights and techniques of “big data” research. [Find out more...]

MFI researchers have developed several videos to better translate their research into practical, community based solutions. [Find out more...]

Southern California Regional Quarterly Reports are prepared by MFI researchers, which aims to build a base of knowledge to guide policymakers in improving the overall quality of life in the Southland. [Find out more...]

MFI Researchers have created several apps based on research, to giving power to the public to study their community. [Find out more...]

Recent Updates

The Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) Quarterly Report Webinar

On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Dr. John Hipp and Dr. Kevin Kane presented cutting-edge research focusing on different dimensions of the Southern California region, and the consequences for neighborhoods in the region. The webinar focused on the research findings of the most recent MFI Quarterly Reports: Detecting Job Density Over Time, which shares insights on the… Continue Reading The Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) Quarterly Report Webinar

MFI’s John Hipp and Kevin Kane appeared on “The City Square” radio show

The City Square, the radio show hosted by the Association of California Cities, Orange County interviewed MFI Director Dr. John Hipp and Research Fellow Dr. Kevin Kane to discuss the MFI’s recent research on regional growth and development on July 20, 2016. Click here to stream or download the podcast. The City Square is the region’s only… Continue Reading MFI’s John Hipp and Kevin Kane appeared on “The City Square” radio show

Quarterly Report on Detecting Job Density Over Time

This report examines how employment subcenters have been evolving since the 1990s in terms of their changing composition and spatial locations. Find out more about the research through the video, report, and apps. Attend the Quarterly Report Webinar.

Quarterly Report on Understanding Business Churning Dynamics and their Spatial Variation

This report analyzes business churning at the neighborhood level across Southern California with an eye toward socio-demographic characteristics and local measures of well-being. Find out more about the research through the report and app. Attend the Quarterly Report Webinar.