PERE Publications

Planning, Power, and Possibilities: How UNIDAD is Shaping Equitable Development in South Central L.A.

September 16, 2015

By Manuel Pastor, Vanessa Carter, Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, and Robert Chlala

Histories matter, movements matter, and models matter for achieving mutually beneficial wins

Planning, Power, and Possibilities tells the story behind two community benefits negotiations forged by the United Neighbors in Defense Against Displacement (UNIDAD) coalition in South Central Los Angeles.

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Fact Sheets: Full Employment for All - The Social and Economic Benefits of Race and Gender Equity in Employment

August 13, 2015

How much stronger could the economy be if everyone who wanted a job could find one—regardless of race,
ethnicity, or gender?

To inform the Center for Popular Democracy's "Fed Up" campaign, PolicyLink and PERE calculate the social and economic benefits of race and gender equity in employment.  We produced 13 fact sheets illustrating what the U.S. economy—and the economies of the 12 metropolitan regions where each Federal Reserve office is located—could look like with full employment. (Metros covered: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Richmond, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco.)


Linking Innovation With Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego


July 29, 2015

By Manuel Pastor, Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, and Jennifer Ito

Linking Innovation with Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego presents an in-depth analysis of equity and growth indicators for the region and offers nine unifying strategies to bring diverse, regional stakeholders together toward a common agenda for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

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Linking in the Lab: Innovating Cross-Movement Leadership and Learning

June 2015

By Rachel Rosner and Madeline Wander
With an Executive Summary by Manuel Pastor

Linking the Lab is the result of a multi-year project the Network Leadership Innovation Lab— aimed at better understanding the role and effectiveness of network leadership in movement building.

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2014 - 2015 Academic Year



#WomenCanBuild: Including Women in the Resurgence of Good U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

May 2015

A new PERE report, #WomenCanBuild:Including women in the resurgence of good U.S. manufacturing jobs, shows how addressing the underrepresentation and wage disparities for women in transit manufacturing can be good for econonomic growth. The report presents data on the state of manufacturing, stories of women in the industry, and promising best practices.

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Getting Real About Reform: Estimating Revenue Gains from Changes to California’s System of Assessing Commercial Real Estate

May 2015

By Jennifer Ito, Justin Scoggins, and Manuel Pastor

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Talkin' 'Bout Our Generations: Data, Deliberation, and Destiny in a Changing America

April 24, 2015

By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, and Vanessa Carter
Commissioned by the Generations Initiative

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Equitable Growth Profile of the San Francisco Bay Area Region

April 22, 2015

By PolicyLink and PERE

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Equitable Growth Profile of the Research Triangle Region

The Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Health of Everyone: The Relationship Between Social Inequality and Environmental Quality

By Lara Cushing, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Madeline Wander, and Manuel Pastor

Annual Review of Public Health
Vol. 36: 193-209
Publication date: March 2015
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031914-122646

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Equitable Growth Profile of the Cape Fear Region

February 11, 2015

By PolicyLink and PERE

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Transforming Lives, Transforming Movement Building: Lessons from the National Domestic Workers Alliance Strategy – Organizing – Leadership (SOL) Initiative

December 2014

By Jennifer Ito, Rachel Rosner, Vanessa Carter, and Manuel Pastor

This report documents the impacts and lessons from a two-year transformative leadership and movement building program to strengthen the domestic worker movement.  In collaboration with trainers from generative somatics (gs) and Social Justice Leadership (SJL), the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) took a cohort of 60 domestic workers and organizers through an intentional process of transformation that integrated political somatics practices with leadership skills for organizing and building power.

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Equitable Growth Profile: Piedmont Triad Region

December 4, 2014

By PolicyLink and PERE

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Equitable Growth Profile: Omaha-Council Bluffs Region

The Equity Solution: Racial Inclusion is Key to Growing a Strong New Economy

October 22, 2014

How much could the economy benefit from racial inclusion?

This research brief by PolicyLink and PERE estimates the economic boost of racial inclusion for the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, and the nation. We found that the national economy stands to grow $2.1 trillion every year from racial equity, and that every region in the country would gain millions per year – from $287 million in Springfield, Missouri (the lowest potential gain) to $510 billion in Los Angeles (the highest).

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Regional Equity Profile for the Houston-Galveston Region

2013 - 2014 Academic Year


The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Ground-truth: Methods to Advance Environmental Justice and Researcher-Community Partnerships

By James Sadd, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Manuel Pastor, Martha Matsuoka, Michele Prichard, and Vanessa Carter

Health Education & Behavior 2014, Vol. 4(3) 281-290.

Environmental justice advocates often argue that environmental hazards and their health effects vary by neighborhood, income, and race. To assess these patterns and advance preventive policy, their colleagues in the research world often use complex and methodologically sophisticated statistical and geospatial techniques. One way to bridge the gap between the technical work and the expert knowledge of local residents is through community-based participatory research strategies.

In this article, the authors document how an environmental justice screening method was coupled with "ground-truthing"—a project in which community members worked with researchers to collect data across six Los Angeles neighborhoods—which demonstrated the clustering of potentially hazardous facilities, high levels of air pollution, and elevated health risks. They provide recommendations and implications for future research and collaborations between researchers and community-based organizations.

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Building Healthy Communities Through Youth Leadership

Summary of Key Findings from the 2013-2014 Youth Program Participant Survey
By Veronica Terriquez, Ph.D. and Gabriela Dominguez

July 2014

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PolicyLink and PERE's Regional Equity Profile for the Southeast Florida Region

Sharing Solar's Promise: Harnessing LA's FiT to Create Jobs and Build Social Equity

By PERE and UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
for the LABC Institute
April 2014

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Minnesota’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model

By PolicyLink and PERE
March 2014

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There's Something Happening Here... A Look at The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative

By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, and Anthony Perez
February 2014

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A Foot in Both Worlds: Institutionalizing Progressive Community-­Engaged Research Centers within Universities

By Jeffrey O. Sacha, Jared P. Sanchez, Ange-Marie Hancock, and Manuel Pastor
December 2013

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An Agenda for Equity: A Framework for Building a Just Transportation System in Los Angeles County

By Vanessa Carter, Manuel Pastor, and Madeline Wander
November 2013

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Warehouse Work: Path to the Middle Class or Road to Economic Insecurity?

By Juan D. De Lara, Ph.D.
September 2013

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Screening for Justice: Proactive Spatial Approaches to Environmental Disparities

By Manuel Pastor, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Jim Sadd
August 2013

This article appears in the August 2013 issue of EM Magazine, a publication of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA; To obtain copies and reprints, please contact A&WMA directly at 1-412-232-3444.


BHC Youth Program Inventory Survey 2013

By Veronica Terriquez and Abdiel Lopez
August 2013


2012-2013 Academic Year


Moments, Movements, and Momentum: Engaging Voters, Scaling Power, Making Change

By Manuel Pastor, Gihan Perera, and Madeline Wander

March 2013

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EQUITY ISSUE BRIEF - Advancing Environmental Justice Through Sustainable Planning

Prepared by: 

Manuel Pastor, Madeline Wander, Mirabai Auer
December 2012


EQUITY ISSUE BRIEF - Immigrant Integration: Integrating New Americans and Building Sustainable Communities

Prepared by: 

Manuel Pastor, Rhonda Ortiz, Marlene Ramos, Mirabai Auer
December 2012

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Facing the Climate Gap: How Environmental Justice Communities are Leading the Way to a More Sustainable and Equitable California

Ellen Kersten, UC Berkeley
Rachel Morello-Frosch, UC Berkeley
Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California
Marlene Ramos, Columbia University

October 2012 

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Cooling the Planet, Clearing the Air: Should climate policies give extra credit for maximizing short-term health benefits?

by James Boyce and Manuel Pastor

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Near-roadway pollution and childhood asthma: Implications for developing "win-win" compact urban development and clean vehicle strategies

Environmental Health Perspectives 
By Laura Perez, Fred Lurmann, John Wilson, Manuel Pastor, Sylvia J. Brandt, Nino Künzli, and Rob McConnell
September 2012 

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2011-2012 Academic Year


Putting Faith First: Traditions and Innovations in Organizing within Religious Communities

by the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity
April 2012

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L.A. Rising: The 1992 Civil Unrest, the Arc of Social Justice Organizing, and the Lessons for Today's Movement Building

By Manuel Pastor and Michele Prichard
with Jennifer Ito and Vanessa Carter
April 2012

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Koreatown: A Contested Community at a Crossroads

By Jared Sanchez, Mirabai Auer, Veronica Terriquez, and Mi Young Kim
Prepared in collaboration with the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)
April 2012

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Toward 2050 in California: A Roundtable Report on Multiracial Collaboration in Los Angeles

The Center for American Progress and PolicyLink in association with PERE

March 2012


California's Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model

By PolicyLink/PERE

March 2012


A Roadmap to Green Manufacturing in Los Angeles: Policies, Planning, and Partnerships for Quality Jobs

Research Team: PERE, UCLA Department of Urban Planning, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy and Green for All 
January 2012

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Beyond the Count: Leveraging the 2010 Census to Build New Capacities for Civic Engagement and Social Change

By Jennifer Ito, Barbara Masters, Rhonda Ortiz and Manuel Pastor
Funded by The California Endowment
December 2011

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Empowering LA’s Solar Workforce: New Policies that Deliver Investments and Jobs

By JR DeShazo, UCLA Luskin Center; Manuel Pastor, USC PERE; and Mirabai Auer, USC PERE
November 2011

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Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions

Chris Benner
Associate Professor, Community and Regional Development
University of California, Davis

Manuel Pastor Jr.
Professor, American Studies & Ethnicity and
Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity
University of Southern California

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America’s Tomorrow:Equity is the Superior Growth Model

By Sarah Treuhaft, Angela Glover Blackwell, and Manuel Pastor
November 2011

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Transactions – Transformations – Translations: Metrics That Matter for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements

By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, and Rachel Rosner
October 2011

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PERE and Affiliate Researchers release new article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

“Playing It Safe: Assessing Cumulative Impact and Social Vulnerability through an Environmental Justice Screening Method in the South Coast Air Basin, California”

By James L. Sadd, Manuel Pastor, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Justin Scoggins, and Bill Jesdale

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2010-2011 Academic Year

To mark the Rosenberg Foundation’s 75th anniversary, leading social justice advocates and thinkers look into the future

"Justice in California"

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Making a Market: Multifamily Rooftop Solar and Social Equity in Los Angeles

By JR DeShazo, Director, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation; Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (USC PERE); Mirabai Auer, USC PERE; Vanessa Carter, USC PERE; Nicholas Vartanian, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
April 2011

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Hidden Hazards: A Call to Action for Healthy, Livable Communities

Connecting at the Crossroads: Alliance Building and Social Change in Tough Times

By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito and Rhonda Ortiz and Commissioned by Public Interest Projects
December 2010

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California Dreaming

By Manuel Pastor 
December 3, 2010 
Huffington Post


The Color of Change: Inter-Ethnic Youth Leadership for the 21st Century

By Manuel Pastor, Rhonda Ortiz, Jennifer Ito, Veronica Terriquez, Vanessa Carter, Jennifer Tran, and Teresa Cheng
November 2010

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Building a Stronger America by Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color

Contributions by Manuel Pastor and PolicyLink President and CEO, Angela Glover Blackwell

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Alliance for a Better Community resident-driven research uncovers relationship between place and health; PERE supports research efforts

2009-2010 Academic Year

Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America's Future

By Angela Glover Blackwell, Manuel Pastor, and Stewart Kwoh
June 2010

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Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress after ARRA: Potential Roles for Place-Conscious Strategies

By Manuel Pastor, Margery Austin Turner
April 2010

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Minding The Climate Gap: What's at Stake if California's Climate Law isn't Done Right and Right Away

By Manuel Pastor, Rachel Morello-Frosch, James Sadd, and Justin Scoggins
April 2010

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Breaking the Bank / (Re)Making the Bank: America’s Financial Crisis and the Implications for Sustainable Advocacy for Fair Credit and Fair Banking

By Manuel Pastor, Rhonda Ortiz, and Vanessa Carter
February 2010

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2008-2009 Academic Year

The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans & How to Close the Gap

By Rachel Morello Frosch, Manuel Pastor, Jim Sadd, and Seth Shonkoff 
May 2009

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Justice in the Air: Tracking Toxic Pollution from America's Industries and Companies to Our States, Cities, and Neighborhoods

By Michael Ash, James K. Boyce, Grace Chang, Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, and Jennifer Tran[Ash, Boyce, and Chang are from the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Pastor, Scoggins, and Tran are from the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California]
April 2009

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Banking on LA

By Manuel Pastor 
March 2009

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Making Change: How Social Movements Work - and How to Support Them

By Manuel Pastor and Rhonda Ortiz
March 2009

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Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles: Strategic Directions for Funders

By Manuel Pastor and Rhonda Ortiz
January 2009

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State of the Region: Growth, Equity, and Inclusion in the BayArea

By Manuel Pastor, Rhonda Ortiz, Jennifer Tran, Justin Scoggins, and Vanessa Carter
December 2008

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Cumulative Impacts in East Oakland: Findings from a Community-Based Mapping Study

By Communities for a Better Environment
September 2008

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