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Grounded in the strong University of California research tradition, our faculty-led research centers and programs engage students and the community, and reflect a range of topics relevant to our school’s focus.

21st Century China Program 
Aimed at deepening public knowledge and the understanding of contemporary China, this program promotes active discourse on China’s domestic evolution and its international engagement.

Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies
Examining central questions about economic growth, equality and market change in the Pacific, this center brings together the worlds of academic inquiry and policy analysis.

Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
Supporting academic research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations, this center informs the creation, implementation and evaluation of public policy.

Fudan-UC Center on China 
Connecting all ten campuses of the University of California system, this center brings together leading research scholars from both Fudan University and UC campuses for conferences and lectures, and facilitates cooperative research.


Global Information Industry Center
Studying underlying issues and consequences of technology-enabled change, this center seeks to identify global issues faced by all segments of the information industry.

Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation
Facilitating innovative research into the causes of international conflict and cooperation, the institute serves the entire University of California system and is committed to educating the next generation of problem-solvers and peace-makers.

Korea-Pacific Program
Promoting greater understanding of contemporary North and South Korea, this program supports a wide variety of organized research projects, presents a seminar series and hosts a visiting scholars program.

Laboratory on International Law and Regulation
Exploring when and why laws actually work, this living laboratory looks across a wide array of issues from environment and energy to human rights, trade and security.


Policy Design and Evaluation Lab
Combining advanced social science methodology with the power of information technology, this lab designs policies and programs that alleviate poverty, promote health, welfare and security, and enhance accountability.