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 Jobs-Housing Balance in Egohoods in Southern California

A challenge for any region is matching the location of where residents live and where jobs are located.  On the one hand, residents typically prefer not to be too close to industrial or commercial sites. On the other hand, residents typically do not want to be too far from jobs, as this implies longer commute… Continue Reading Quarterly Report on Jobs-Housing Balance in Egohoods in Southern California

“Los Angeles employment concentration in the 21st century” published in Urban Studies

A component of the MFI research team’s work on employment concentration in Southern California has recently been published in the journal Urban Studies.  Authors Kevin Kane, John Hipp, and Jae Hong Kim use high-resolution data and spatial statistical techniques to illustrate that numerous changes lie beneath the surface of employment center evolution in Los Angeles… Continue Reading “Los Angeles employment concentration in the 21st century” published in Urban Studies

MFI Presentation to the Southern California Association of Government’s Regional Council Meeting

On Thursday, September 29, 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 to the Southern California Association of Government’s Regional Council Meeting. The presentation focused on the research findings of the most recent MFI Quarterly Reports:… Continue Reading MFI Presentation to the Southern California Association of Government’s Regional Council Meeting