Center for Community Innovation

The Center for Community Innovation (CCI) nurtures effective solutions that expand economic opportunity, diversify housing options, and strengthen connection to place. The work of the center in 2013-15 focuses on equitable transit-oriented development. In previous years, we have also produced research and technical assistance on:

  • Revitalizing neighborhoods
  • Developing economic resilience
  • Designing and programming for the public realm
  • Producing and preserving affordable housing.

CCI acts primarily as evaluator, supporter, and translator of local innovation. We uncover the innovative practices that community and local actors create to address housing, community and economic development problems.  Our focus is on “strong market” regions and how their economic growth and physical development patterns can become more equitable and inclusive.

CCI adopts a community-based research approach that builds a research agenda out of community concerns, but finds answers using rigorous academic methods.We aim to make academic research more accessible to stakeholders by interacting throughout the research process, from developing research questions to crafting a methodology to thinking through our findings. We also build the capacity of nonprofits and government through convening practitioner leaders, providing technical assistance and student interns, and interpreting academic research.

Research In Place

Launched in Fall 2013, Research In Place aims to to facilitate access to research and resources produced by our faculty and students, with an emphasis on work that directly affects communities or involves collaboration among the university, the community, and practitioners.