The UC San Diego Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design brings diverse people and organizations together to collaboratively study and equitably improve how neighborhoods, cities and regions function. The Center provides a transdisciplinary workspace and knowledge-networking hub for theory-building, civically engaged research, innovation, pedagogy and communication.

Our community-university partnerships join knowledge and action concerning education and leadership development, food justice, water-energy-climate linkages, land use, the built environment, ecosystem resilience and health. The Bioregional Center works with disadvantaged communities to co-design, integrate and evolve holistic initiatives aimed at meeting society's material and economic needs (e.g., food, water, energy, shelter, waste disposal, mobility, livelihood) together with society's socio-cultural needs (e.g., secure human attachments, learning opportunities, health and wellbeing). 

We share a bioregional approach that underscores the significance of urban-rural-hinterland interdependencies and the coupling of human-natural systems from a globally minded perspective. This approach examines ways that glocalization and grassroots socio-ecological innovation can inspire/enable “rooted community development.” Rootedness is integral to the narrative that puts our efforts in a broad context -- that is, human beings are social animals; if we are to survive well as a species, we need healthy relationships and secure attachments with one another and with the land waters, habitat, plants and animals upon which we depend.