This concentration focuses on such issues as urbanization, patterns of regional growth and decline, rural development, and problems of marginalized populations. SPPSR resources include the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies  with its focus on regional policy issues, with special reference to Southern California. The Lewis Center sponsors a lecture/seminar series, as well as workshops and conferences.
We live in a global economy where intercontinental flows of goods, capital, labor, and information are increasing. Yet the distinct economic role of major urban areas and the regions that surround them continues to grow-a fact recognized by most countries, which have policies designed to foster such development.
Regional development treats the interrelated problems of area development in both highly industrialized and developing countries, a discipline students learn using the perspectives of political economy, locational analysis, regional economics, and the economic and sociological analysis of institutions. Focusing on such issues as urbanization, patterns of regional growth and decline, rural development, and problems of marginalized populations, the Regional Development and Policy concentration gives students a comprehensive understanding of the consequences of the migration of labor and capital, trade liberalization, and other key concepts.
Regional Development Policy Courses Offered by Public Policy Faculty:
PUB PLC M242. Global City-Regions: Analytical and Policy Issues
PUB PLC M280B. Growth, Science and Technology
Regional Development Policy Cross-Listed Courses Offered by Faculty in Urban Planning:
PUB PLC M240. Theories of Regional Economic Development
PUB PLC M241. Introduction to Regional Planning: Evolution of Regional Planning Doctrines