Students and faculty participate in the activities of research units and centers that are affiliated with the PPD department, including:
Center for Unconventional Security Affairs
The Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA) was established in 2003 at the University of California, Irvine as the hub of a global network that undertakes research, education and public service activities on an emerging set of unconventional, transnational and human security issues including environmental change, global criminal and terrorist networks, and infectious disease.
Community Outreach Partnership Center
The Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) builds bridges between UCI and the local community by engaging UCI faculty and students in addressing community priorities. COPC supports research, teaching, and outreach projects that focus on demographic change and its impacts for communities.
Focused Research Group in International Environmental Cooperation
This unit links researchers and techniques from the social and natural sciences in interdisciplinary efforts to address international environmental problems.
Institute of Transportation Studies
A University of California organized research unit with branches at Irvine, Davis, and Berkeley, ITS is a recognized international leader in transportation research. ITS faculty members and students are at the forefront of research linking transportation to sustainability, technology, mobility, and urban development.
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.