The School is committed to tackling complex problems in order to strengthen communities and improve lives. Our faculty and students have ambitious goals to facilitate Healthy People and Places. Some examples of our efforts in this research hub are listed below. To learn more about our research hubs, click here.

Coping with Flooding

FloodRISE is a UCI-led research project to enhance flood risk planning and policies in Southern California and Northern Baja Mexico. The project uses advanced computer models to map flooding hazards and makes flood risk information accessible to residents, businesses and civic leaders through innovative communication strategies.

Going Beyond the Drought

Southern California and communities worldwide face tremendous water resource challenges. Water UCI is facilitating collaboration around questions of fundamental and applied water science, technology, management, and policy to respond to the many challenges facing water resources. 

Raising Populations out of Poverty

Part of a larger consortium of Blum Centers across the University of California campuses, the UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation tackles one of the world’s most daunting challenges – poverty-- in our own backyard and around the world – through a rich interdisciplinary thrust of education, research, and community engagement.

Promoting Healthy Aging

Several Social Ecology faculty members and their students are examining how older adults maintain their emotional well-being and adjust their life goals in the face of physical decline and health challenges, and, in turn, how these processes affect their health. Other researchers examine how family members and friends contribute to older adults' quality of life and their ability to adapt to chronic illness—all critically important for promoting healthy aging in the US and globally.