University-Funded Poverty Research Centers

Center for Study of Urban Poverty
University of California, Los Angeles

Established in 1989, CSUP's primary mission is to encourage and facilitate academic research into the causes and consequences of urban poverty and the effectiveness of policies aimed at alleviating poverty. The Center's research agenda focuses on three broad issues: poverty in Los Angeles, the working poor, and transition to work/disadvantaged low skill workers.

Center on Business and Poverty
The Puelicher Center on Business Education
UW-Madison School of Business

The goal of the Center on Business and Poverty, an initiative of the UW-Madison School of Business, is to support and disseminate high-quality research into ways in which businesses can help globally improve the long-term economic stability and well-being of their low-income employees. The Center also monitors and evaluates the efforts of businesses to address issues around 1) compensation and benefits for employees, and 2) environmental practices. Of these priorities, the Center focuses most on cooperating with and actively disseminating information to companies to help them make changes in their policies and practices related to low-income employees. 

Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

Mandel School of Applied Social Science
Case Western Reserve University

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. Based in Cleveland, the Center views the city as both a tool for building communities and producing change locally, and as a representative urban center from which nationally-relevant research and policy implications can be drawn.

Brandeis University

The Center on Hunger and Poverty promotes policies that improve the lives of low-income children and families. Center activities include research and policy analysis, public education initiatives, assistance to policy makers and organizations across the country on poverty- and hunger-related issues, and a series of special projects

National Center for Children in Poverty
Columbia University

Founded in 1989 as a division of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation. It promotes family-oriented solutions at the state and national levels.

NC Poverty Research Fund
UNC School of Law
University of North Carolina

The UNC Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity will create a forum for the best minds in the state and the nation to work on issues of poverty, work and opportunity. The Center has four goals: first, to address the pressing needs of those currently living at or below the poverty level; second, to provide a non-partisan interdisciplinary forum to examine innovative and practical ideas to move more Americans out of poverty; third, to raise public awareness of issues related to work and poverty; and fourth to train a new generation to combat the causes and effects of poverty and to improve the circumstances of working people. 

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