Center for Southern California Studies

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  • 2009 Envisioning California Conference Discussion
  • Envisioning California Conference, October 2009, Jared Diamond and Patt Morrison
  • Envisioning California Conference, October 2009

Center for Southern California Studies


The Center for Southern California Studies (CSCS) was established in 1996 to provide research, education, and service on public policy issues facing Southern California. Driven by the goal of achieving well-informed public policy decisions, the Center offers diverse programs that facilitate pathways to productive policy dialogue aimed at building community capacity and participation. The Center works collaboratively with its Community Advisory Board to define and fulfill its mission. Read more

Current Research Fellows

Dr. Backer at the podium

Dr. Thomas Backer is a psychologist whose life work is devoted to studying and working with people, organizations, and communities to help them meet the challenges of innovation and change.  He concentrates on improving health and human services for vulnerable populations, enhancing nonprofit arts and culture programs, and helping highly creative people deal with the challenges of creative work. He is the Executive Director of Valley Nonprofit Resources, which provides services for the more than 4,500 nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando Valley, and the President Emeritus of the Human Interaction Research Institute. He is also the Chair of the CSCS Community Advisory Board. Read more about Dr. Backer.



Featured Events

Women in Los Angeles Politics

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Los Angeles, the second largest city in the nation, has witnessed a decline in the number of women holding elective office in recent years.  Read more