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...]

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Quarterly Report on Business Relocations in Southern California

Business recruitment has long been one of the most popular strategies for state and local economic development in the US, but little is understood about the precise physical location of business moves, such as the surrounding neighborhoods and how far away a firm relocates.  This Report takes a spatially precise approach toward analyzing business relocations… Continue Reading Quarterly Report on Business Relocations in Southern California

Quarterly Report on Relationships Between Housing, Business, and Open Space

This research explores the notion of urban accessibility, defined as the spatial separation between dwelling units and 32 types of destinations including shopping, open space, and public services. Using data on the roughly five million residential land parcels in Southern California, we use network analyses and multilevel regression modeling to determine what it is about… Continue Reading Quarterly Report on Relationships Between Housing, Business, and Open Space

MFI, School of Social Ecology co-hosts Sustainability Forum with American Institute of Architects and US Green Building Council

Shaping a Sustainable Built Environment in Orange County A dialogue for all of us: the social, economic, and ecological impacts of smart growth, for a sustainable future April 12, 2017 at University of California – Irvine