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...]

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Quarterly Report on Race and Income Composition of Southern California Neighborhoods

The neighborhoods we live in are important, as they are the locations of our daily activities. Nonetheless, there are differences in the characteristics of neighborhoods across any city or region. Our goal in this Report is to better understand the differences between neighborhoods. In particular, we are interested in understanding the differences in neighborhoods based… Continue Reading Quarterly Report on Race and Income Composition of Southern California Neighborhoods

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