Research Centers in the School of Social Ecology

The School hosts seven research centers, including four campus-wide centers. Collectively, these centers foster interdisciplinary research, training, and outreach addressing complex social, legal, political, and environmental problems that affect surrounding communities and society as a whole.

Center for Evidence-Based Corrections

The Center for Evidence-Based Corrections (CEBC) has administered millions of dollars in state-funded research on juvenile and adult correctional programs, including research on rehabilitation, parole and reentry programs, monitoring of sex offenders, and correctional options for female offenders. CEBC, which consists primarily of Criminology, Law & Society faculty, has become a nexus for policy-oriented research and graduate training. Given the importance of this topic for law and policy, we expect CEBC will also develop close ties with UCI’s new law school. View Website


Center in Law, Society and Culture

The Center in Law, Society and Culture (CLSC) brings together faculty in the Schools of Social Ecology (primarily CLS), Social Sciences and the Humanities who share an interest in the role of social, cultural and historical factors in the development of law and the importance of social and cultural assumptions in understanding and interpreting law. Seven CLS faculty members are affiliated with CLSC and CLS faculty members serve as both Director and Acting Director of CLSC. Law and culture has emerged as an exciting area of legal scholarship and UC Irvine already has significant strength in this area. View Website


Center for Organizational Research

UC Irvine has enjoyed a long tradition of innovative, interdisciplinary organizational research that dates back to the founding of the campus in the mid-1960s. The Center for Organizational Research continues that tradition by providing a focal point for organization scholars from Social Ecology, Social Sciences, the Merage School of Business, and Information & Computer Sciences. View Website


Community Outreach Partnership Center

The Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) builds bridges between UC Irvine and the local community by engaging UC Irvine faculty and students in addressing community priorities. COPC supports research, teaching, and outreach projects that focus on demographic change and its impacts on communities. View Website


Center for Psychology and Law

The Center for Psychology and Law (CPL) draws together faculty in Criminology, Law & Society and Psychology & Social Behavior. UC Irvine has emerged as one of the world’s leading centers for research in the field of psychology and law. View Website


Center for Unconventional Security Affairs

New threats such as global terrorist networks, environmental change, and cyber attacks dominate the security agenda. The Center for Unconventional Security Affairs addresses these and other security challenges of the 21st century and provides opportunities for student involvement in research and outreach. View Website


The Newkirk Center for Science and Society

The Newkirk Center finds ways to develop and share research knowledge with the public and policymakers so they can make informed decisions on vital policy issues of law, education, environment, health care, crime, and public infrastructure. The Center carries out its mission in several ways: through workshops, colloquia, town hall meetings, distinguished visitors, and communication programs. One area in which the interests of several CLS faculty members overlap with the focus of the Newkirk Center relates to expert testimony and, more broadly, the use (and misuse) of science in legal proceedings. View Website