The mission of the UCSB Blum Center is to foster interdisciplinary, socially engaged research and learning about poverty and inequality, and to contribute to collective action that advances intersectional economic and environmental justice regionally, in the U.S., and abroad. Established with funding from UC Regent Richard C. Blum and the UC Office of the President, it is part of a ten-campus network across the UC system.
Blum Center Staff
Blum Center Faculty Affiliates
Advisory Group, Minor in Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice.
Cooperative Economics Advisory Committee
Blum Center Alumni
UC Blum Network
The UCSB Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy is part of a ten-campus network across the UC system. Each Blum Center combines research and training, but funding is primarily reserved for curricula, student fellowships, and service-oriented opportunities that involve a combination of research and experiential learning related to poverty and inequality.
UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies and their accompanying minor in Global Poverty and Practice is the first, oldest, and largest in the network. Others have variations on the theme, again involving research and student service and experience opportunities: UC Davis – a number of development labs, energy, technology, food; UCLA – health and health equity, focused on Latin America; UC Santa Cruz – microlending, finance, debt; San Diego – border initiative.
To learn more about the Blum Network, and the activities of Blum Centers UC-wide, please check out our Medium page.
The UCSB Blum Center has partnered with a number of campus and student organizations for its events and programming, these have included: the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy, Arts and Lectures, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC), the Institute for Social, Behavioral Economic Research (ISBER), Isla Vista Community Services District, Isla VIsta Tenants Union, as well as Students for Food Justice, and UCSB Human Rights Board.