About the Blum Irvine Center

The Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation was launched at UC Irvine during UCI’s 50th year, as part of a larger consortium of Blum Centers (beginning with the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley, established in 2006), across the University of California campuses. The Blum Centers operate on the idea that a world-class university must be a force for tackling the world’s most daunting challenge – poverty.

The Center’s mission is to enable a new generation of students and researchers to ask and address critical questions about economic development that are key prerequisites to devising effective and innovative approaches to alleviating contemporary poverty both locally, in Orange County, and abroad.

The Center currently has three main initiatives:

For more information about the Blum Center, download an informational flyer here.