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In 2010, UC Davis received funds from a UC multi-campus research program grant to establish the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies. The Center, modeled after the successful UC Berkeley Blum Center, draws upon UC Davis’ unique strengths and history as a leader in research, theory and applied science in Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, Energy, Public Health, Veterinary Medicine, and Entrepreneurship.

Our Goal

Finding solutions that have a lasting and tangible impact on people living in poverty, through:

  • Education - merging theory, critical thinking and practice with hands–on experiential learning.
  • Application - encouraging applied research through field work geared at understanding the causes of poverty, its impact and effect while exploring opportunities for change.
  • Engagement - partnering with communities, building local capacity and implementing co-generated solutions that are sustainable.

 

Program Components

With support from the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies:

  • Provides high-quality undergraduate and graduate courses that engage UC Davis students and faculty on development issues.
  • Convenes hands-on labs where students learn about and build alternative energy technologies, complete market research and analyze projects through the "four lenses of sustainability".
  • Brings inspirational leaders and practitioners to campus to share their stories and experiences working on developing issues abroad.
  • Supports innovative technological, financial, business/marketing and social solutions for alleviating poverty through two applied research grants for faculty and graduate students.
  • Encourages greater engagement of undergraduate students who receive travel grants to work on practical applications in the field.

 

UC Davis Blum Center Staff

Lovell (Tu) Jarvis
Director
Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics

Liliane Larson
Executive Director

Blum Center

Kurt Kornbluth
Associate Director
and Founding Director, UC Davis Program for International Energy Technologies/D-Lab

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Funke Aderonmu

Outreach Coordinator/Research Assistant

Blum Center


The UC Davis Blum Center is affiliated with the Blum Center Board of Trustees, an influential group of internationally known leaders who serve as advisors and stewards of the Blum Center.

 

Our Partners

 

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The UC Davis Blum Center is affiliated with the Blum Center Board of Trustees, an influential group of internationally known leaders who serve as advisors and stewards of the Blum Center.
Board of Trustees
Faculty Advisory Board

In This Section

You'll find information about the UC Davis Blum center including staff and faculty advisory board

Our Vision

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With a focus on excellence, our mission is to engage UC Davis faculty and students in finding tangible, sustainable solutions to alleviating global poverty.

This multi-disciplinary, cross-campus initiative engages undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers and local community partners abroad through education, applied research and outreach. Practical application is the guiding principal of the program.