Region Matters


November 18, 2013  Vol. 4, Issue 3      

Dear CRC Friends,
Several events are on the horizon that promise to be engaging and inspiring for our work in the regions. We always appreciate hearing from readers about news and upcoming events in your community!
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CRC Impact
CRC-Sponsored Upcoming Events
CRC Events
Funding Opportunties
CRC Impact

Jonathan London presents paper at the Landscape and Urban Planning Journal's Symposium at UC Berkeley

CRC director Jonathan London presented a paper, Mapping in and out of "Messes": Applying Cumulative Impacts to Resolving Environmental Justice Conflicts, as part of the Landscape and Urban Planning Journal's Wicked Problems in Socio-Ecological Systems: Symposium and Workshop held at UC Berkeley on October 27th. This paper -- co-authored with Dr. Ganlin Huang of Beijing Normal University, (and former CRC post-doctoral scholar) -- draws on the CRC's work developing and applying Cumulative Environmental Vulnerability Assessment in the San Joaquin Valley and the Coachella Valley. Please contact to request a copy of the paper or powerpoint presentation.  

 CRC-Sponsored Upcoming Events
Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good presents: "Opportunity, Meritocracy, and Access to Higher Education" lecture with Dr. Caroline Hoxby

December 2, 3:00 p.m. lecture & 4:30 p.m. reception, UCD Student Community Center, MPR

Dr. Caroline Hoxby, Professor of Economics at Stanford University is the Principal Investigator of the Expanding College Opportunities project, which has had dramatic effects on low-income, high-achievers' college-going. Some of the other research for which she is best known includes explaining the rising cost of higher education, the effects of school choice and charter schools on student achievement, and the effects of teacher unionization.

This Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good series is aimed at furthering awareness and dialogue on this important topic within and beyond the university community, and also at exploring the potential to make UC Davis a center for the study of the role of the public university in contemporary society.

The Center for Regional Change, Center for Poverty Research, and the Community and Regional Development Department are co-sponsoring this lecture.

For more information on this lecture and the Provost's Forum series, click  here.


Save-the-date for Agricultural Sustainability Institute Distinguished Speakers Series

January, 14th, 5:00 p.m., UC Davis Student Community Center, MPR

Professor William C. Clark of Harvard University will give a presentation titled "Linking Knowledge with Action for Sustainability" and will will of interest to anyone who cares about sustainability, specifically linking knowledge with action through translational research, extension/outreach, and other aspects of boundary work and social engagement by academic institutions.  The event co-sponsors include the Center for Regional Change, University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Center for Watershed Science, Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Energy Efficiency Center, World Food Center as well as several other centers/institutes.


 Upcoming Events

ITS Weekly Seminar: "The Tea Party, Property Rights, and Mega Planning in a Digital Era "


November 22, 1:40 to 3:00 p.m. UC Davis West Village, 1605 Tilia, Rm 1003


Dr. Karen Trapenberg Frick, Assistant Director of the University of California Transportation Center; Lecturer, Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley

Seminar Abstract: The Tea Party exploded on the U.S. scene after President Obama's 2008 election, and its role in national politics has been well researched. Less studied is the fierce opposition Tea Party and property rights advocates have directed at sustainability planning, particularly high density development and affordable housing. I undertake a comparative case analysis of regional planning efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, and Atlanta, Georgia, examining participants' motivations, their use of the web and social media to communicate, organize, market their cause and refine their strategies, as well as planners' responses, largely reactive and catching up to the challenge, and impacts on practice.


"Big History and Big Data: Affordances of the Large Scale in Digital Environmental and World History" talk with Dr. Ruth Mostern, UC Merced

November 19th - 4-6pm, UCD Student Community Center, Room D

Dr. Ruth Mostern will discuss theory and method for digital history at the large scale, with reference to her own research and other projects. Ruth Mostern is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced, and the Co-Director of the Spatial Analysis and Research Center (SpARC).

To read Dr. Mostern's Talk Abstract, click here.


Graduate course in Social-Ecological Systems with UC Davis Professor Mark Lubell

Winter quarter 2014, Tuesdays 10am-1pm

The concept of social-ecological systems is becoming a central topic of interdisciplinary study for linking environmental policy and decision-making to ecological processes. This course (ECL 298, CRN 60409) provides an overview of the concept and delves deeper into a number of different social science topics related to the broader idea. The course serves the purpose of the Environmental Policy/Human Ecology core course, the social science course for the conservation management program, and the social science course for the Climate Change, Water, and Society IGERT. Student requirements include applying course readings to case studies chosen by students, and final paper relating ideas to dissertation research.   

 Funding Opportunities


Funding available for environmental research and development

The Department of Defense's (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Resource Conservation and Climate Change program area. SERDP invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced technology development. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness.


Pre-proposals are due to SERDP by January 9, 2014. Detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website.