About the Lewis Center2018-09-24T16:21:14-07:00

About the Lewis Center

Los Angeles is the center of one of the largest and most economically powerful regions in the world. But it also has some of the country’s highest levels of income inequality, driven by surging housing costs, residential segregation, stagnant wages, and gaps in access to high-quality transportation and education. Los Angeles is a challenging and complicated place, especially for low-income residents and communities that face multiple barriers to economic opportunity.

The Ralph & Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies advances research on how people live, move, and work in the Los Angeles region, with a focus on policies and interventions that provide paths out of poverty. Our interconnected topic areas include: TEST


Housing affordability, homelessness, resident protections, gentrification and displacement, patterns of discrimination and segregation, quality communities, parks and open space


Transportation equity, opportunity, and mobility, in partnership with the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies


Employment trends, wages, access to high-quality jobs, workforce training

Learn more about the history of the Lewis Center

Our work is guided by an advisory board of public- and private-sector leaders and conducted by faculty and doctoral and graduate students across disciplines at the Luskin School of Public Affairs and other UCLA schools. Research grants now total more than $5 million, and the Lewis Center frequently sponsors visiting scholars and collaborates on research and events with UCLA partner centers including:

Contact us

The Lewis Center
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
3320 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
(310) 562-7356

The Lewis Center is located in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs building in the northeast section of the UCLA campus, adjacent to the Murphy Sculpture Garden. Visitors to the School should enter campus through the Hilgard/Westholme entrance and park in Structure 3. View the School of Public Affairs location on the UCLA interactive campus map. Find out more about visiting UCLA.