How the CRC got started, as well as information about our Regional Advisory Committee, Executive Committee, Staff, and our Funders and Contributors.
The idea for the UC Davis Center for Regional Change arose in a dialogue between the faculty in Community Development and Environmental Design/ Landscape Architecture as a model of cross-departmental collaboration. This challenge was taken up by the late Ted Bradshaw, Professor of Community Development. Based in his commitment to engaged scholarship and university innovation, Ted conceived the idea for a Center for Regional Change as a way to break down disciplinary silos and to better bridge campus-community divides. The faculty and administration of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences embraced the concept of such a Center as a way to expand the base of excellence of the College to address the social, economic, political and environmental dimensions of sustainability on community and regional scales.
In 2005, CA&ES Dean Van Alfen appointed an ad-hoc committee of faculty and regional leaders to develop the framework for the Center under Ted's leadership. Ted completed this proposal several weeks before his death in the summer of 2006. At the point, Jonathan London, who had worked with Ted to plan the Center, was appointed as Interim Director. London was subsequently hired as Director in conjunction with an appointment as Assistant Professor in Community Development in July 2008.
The Center for Regional Change hosts an annual Ted Bradshaw Memorial Distinguished Lectureship each fall, manages a Bradshaw Memorial Fund to support outstanding Community Development graduate students and alumnae, and has benefited from the generous donation of much of Ted's library by his widow, Betty Lou Bradshaw, to form the basis the Center for Regional Change reference library.
Academic and professional leaders from throughout the region who advise and contribute to the Center's work. To learn more, click here.
Mostly UC Davis faculty who assist in the direction and planning for the Center. To learn more, click here.
Faculty from all disciplines and colleges across the university, with a particular interest in collaborative and multi-disciplinary and solutions-oriented research on the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental dimensions of regional change. To learn more, click here.
A group of academic and professional people who organize and maintain the Center's projects and operations. To learn more, click here.
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Project affiliates and generous sponsors of the Center's work. To learn more, click here.