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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The Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) Quarterly Report Webinar August 2017

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Dr. John Hipp, Dr. Kevin Kane, & Dr. Jae Hong Kim 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: Business Relocations in Southern California: Moves… Continue Reading The Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) Quarterly Report Webinar August 2017

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