UCLA's great strength lies in its ability to address significant interdisciplinary research challenges. Research at UCLA has a long tradition of interdisciplinary collaborations. Projects that cross academic boundaries flourish at UCLA, where faculty from a full spectrum of academic departments and professional schools work together on a single university campus. The UCLA School of Public Affairs works collaboratively with with a number of research institutes, centers, and initiatives across campus, including the following:
The Williams Institute
The Williams Institute advances sexual orientation law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high quality research with real-world relevance.
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Through its local, national, and international programs, the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability employs innovative, cross-disciplinary approaches to address critical environmental challenges - including those related to climate change, water quality, air pollution, biodiversity, and sustainability - with the goal of achieving stable human coexistence with the natural systems on which society depends.
The Blue Sky Health Initiative
Blue Sky Health is dedicated to transforming our health care system. Its network of researchers, business leaders and physicians envisions a system that seeks to keep Americans healthier, rather than treating them only when they are sick.
Center for the Study of Urban Poverty
With the primary mission of encouraging and facilitating academic research into the causes and consequences of urban poverty and the effectiveness of policies aimed at alleviating poverty, The Center for the Study of Urban Poverty's research agenda focuses on three broad issues: