research centers

Promoting positive change through the power of research.

Leveraging world-class research faculty talent, with a sharp and precise focus on community outcomes, the Centers associated with the School of Community Resources and Development each provide their fields

Center for Sustainable Tourism

Christine Vogt, Director

Examining the role and contribution of tourism in the social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being of communities

Decision Center for a Desert City

Dave White, Director

Advancing knowledge about decision-making under uncertainty in the context of water sustainability and urban climate-chage adaptation

The Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation

Robert Ashcraft, Director

Building the capacity of the social sector by enhancing the effectiveness of those who lead, manage and support nonprofit organizations

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Richard C. Knopf, Director

Providing university-quality learning experiences for adults ages 50 and over through diverse short courses and lectures, campus-based learning opportunities and civic engagement initiatives

Partnership for Community Development

Richard C. Knopf, Director

Inspiring and empowering citizens of all ages to engage in continuous learning, which, through conversations and synchronized action with neighbors and organizations builds relationships, counters social challenges and increases quality of life in communities in the U.S. and around the world