The Urban Displacement Project is an ongoing research and action initiative of UC Berkeley in collaboration with community based organizations and researchers at the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge and at other universities. UDP conducts community-centered, data-driven, applied research toward more equitable and inclusive futures for cities. Our research aims to understand and describe the nature of gentrification and displacement, and also to generate knowledge on how policy interventions and investment can respond and support more equitable development. The UCLA maprooms are made possible through a grant from mapping platform, Carto.


COVID-19 Equity Research Initiative initially started as a pro bono effort in response to the pandemic crisis. The Initiative’s early efforts have empirically and quantitatively examined the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on people and neighborhoods. Newer efforts focus on research to inform a just recovery. The analyses are anchored in our conceptual and theoretical model of the web of institutionalized inequality. The Initiative explicitly focuses on systematic and systemic racial and class inequalities. The goal is to develop insights that will be used to develop a just and fair recovery. The research draws on multiple data sources (census, surveys, administrative records, “big data”, etc.). One of the Initiative’s objectives is to produce timely research briefs, publicly accessible data and mapping tools, to inform public discussion on critical policy issues.

Voter Information Project is an ongoing research project that examines voting patterns in Latinx and Asian American neighborhoods. The focus for 2019-2020 is on historical voting patterns in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the role of people of color in Orange County’s Blue Wave, and the impacts of COVID19.

Community Initiated Research Initiative focuses on community-identified research topics that facilitate innovative and relevant research in Los Angeles and beyond. Community-based organizations interested in developing evidence-based applied projects for social change are encouraged to contact our team members directly. Past examples include neighborhood needs assessments in Wilmington; documenting gentrification in Thai Town; and developing displacement avoidance strategies with Pacoima Beautiful for the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Visit our publications page for more examples.

Clean Transportation Access & Health. As California works to address climate change and the conditions of poor health, data on the health impacts of transportation access can help policymakers and planners make more informed, equitable, and sustainable decisions. CNK received funding from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop a screening method and map for evaluating transportation access disparities and other built-environment related social determinants of health. CNK has also partnered with Cal-IHEA and community health advocates to develop a training series to make the CARB funded database more accessible and user-friendly.