Region Matters


April 1, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 18  

Hello CRC Community,

Jonathan London

CRC Director


We hope you enjoy this week's edition of Region Matters.  Thank you for your continued interest in the CRC!

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In This Issue
CRC Spotlight
News from CRC Affiliates
CRC Affiliates Calendar of Events
Job Opportunities
Graduate Students Wanted
Field Research Competition
UC Davis Center for Regional Change
  CRC Spotlight
Alex Karner

Rural Communities and

Transportation Equity in California's San Joaquin Valley

This new article, by CRC Post-Doctoral Scholar Alex Karner and Jonathan London, was published by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies and addresses critical gaps in traditional regional equity analyses to better account for smart growth challenges and opportunities in rural communities.  The article makes significant contributions to reducing disparities in rural communities and offers lessons for regional planning to serve rural areas across the country.

CRC Co-Sponsored Events

"The Humanities and the Common Good"
The Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good


Date: Friday - April 4, 2014

Time: 4pm - 5:30pm Lecture/Reception to follow

Place: UC Davis Multi-Purpose Room, Student Community Center


The speakers and panelists will address questions important both in the 21st- century workplace and in spheres where public good is debated; including, what contributions do the humanities, as taught in public universities, make to a society that values profitable innovation and vocational training?  For more information and a list of participants, click here.


 News from CRC Affiliates
New Report Finds $19.4M in ATM Fees

The CA Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) has released a report focused on ATM fees that people receiving CalWORKs and other public assistance programs are paying in order to access their benefits.  In 2012, these fees totaled $19.4 million.

The CRC wants to bring awareness to these fees and reduce this figure so that families who are already at the edge financially aren't also getting hit with fees to access their benefits. In the report, they identify ways that banks, state and county government officials, consumers, and nonprofits can work together to reduce the amount of benefits lost to fees.

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation unveils the Race for Results index, which shows the nation has much ground to cover to ensure that all children are positioned to thrive. The report raises concerns that African-American, Latino, American Indian and some subgroups of Asian-American children face profound barriers to success - and calls for an urgent, multi-sector approach to develop solutions. Download the report, which features new data and recommendations from the Foundation.

 CRC Affiliates Calendar of Events

Webinar: Locked Up and Locked Out

Securing a Second Chance at Economic Citizenship for Ex-Offenders

Date: Friday - April 11th

Time: 9am - 11:30am

No sign up is required to view the streaming video, which will appear here on the day of the event. 






"Climate Change: Challenges to CA's Agriculture & Natural Resources"

The UC Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics

Date: Monday - May 19th

Place: The California Museum in Sacramento

The forum is free but registration is required by May 12th.  For more information and a list of participants, click here.


Panel Discussions from the CDGG

Date: Wednesdays, April 2 through June 4

Time: 12pm-1pm

Place: 166 Hunt Hall

This series includes two panel discussions and eight presentations by the 2nd year cohort of the Community Development Graduate Group. They will be presenting their personal thesis/projects.  Please contact Erica Van Steenis if you have questions.

 Job Opportunities


The DataCenter is Hiring!

The DataCenter in Oakland is looking to hire a stellar Interim Executive Director

who has a commitment to social justice, grassroots movements and community-driven research.  Please go to their website for the full job description and how to apply. 


Summer Internship with Earth House  

The Earth House staff  invite you to consider us for your Summer 2014 Internship. Join us for lively discourse, powerful speakers, and ongoing work to build healthy, just, and sustainable communities. Our projects include a focus on environmental justice, health equity and media production.  For information on how to apply please click here.


2014 Summer Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color

Date: July 20th-24th

Place: UCLA and USC Campuses, Los Angeles

Registration and instructional materials will be provided at no cost, lodging and meals will also be provided at no cost, and travel stipends are available for students coming from outside of California.  For more information, click here.


Graduate Students Wanted

UCD Transportation Technology & Policy Graduate Program

Graduate students are an integral part of the research mission at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at UCD.  ITS is training them and placing them in leadership positions in sustainable transportation with benefits that include

substantial levels of funding and exposure to leading decision makers in government, industry, academia, and the NGO community.   For more information and to apply to ITS, click here.  The deadline is April 1st but applications are accepted until May 1stITS was recently named the National Center for Sustainable Transportation.


Field Research Competition

2014 Eric Wolf Prize for Best Article Length Paper 

The Political Ecology Society (PESO) is seeking entries for their 2014 Eric Wolf Prize for the best article-length paper.  They seek papers based in substantive field research that make an innovative contribution to Political Ecology.  To be eligible for the competition, scholars must be ABD or have received their Ph.D. within the three years prior to publication of this announcement.  A cash prize of $500 accompanies the award and the paper will be published in the Journal of Political Ecology.  Deadline: August 1st.  For more information, click here.

 UC Davis Center for Regional Change

The UC Davis Center for Regional Change (CRC) produces innovative research to create healthy, sustainable, prosperous, and equitable regions in California and beyond.

For media inquiries and other questions, please contact us at (530) 752-3007.

For general questions, please contact us at

Click here to read more about the CRC.