Welcome to the UCSB Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy

The UCSB Blum Center aims to foster interdisciplinary, socially engaged research and learning about poverty and inequality, and to contribute to collective action that advances intersectional economic and environmental justice regionally, in the United States, and abroad. Established with funding from UC Regent Richard C. Blum and the UC Office of the President, it is part of a ten-campus network across the UC system.


Public Roundtable & Accompanying 2-day Workshop: on September 29th in collaboration with the German Historical Institute and Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative, the Blum Center is presenting a public roundtable on “Guaranteed Income as Economic Justice” in Washington, DC. This event will be followed by a two-day scholarly workshop,“Beyond Work for Pay? Basic-Income Concepts in Global Debates on Automation, Poverty, and Unemployment (1920-2020),” that the Blum Center is also co-sponsoring.

  1. Sep 29
  2. Sep 30 to Oct 1

The Blum Center is pleased to announce our 2022-23 Cooperative Economics Research Award recipients featuring UCSB faculty and students. Please follow this link for an overview of their research projects supported by this funding. 

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