At UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, groundbreaking research is more than a concept — it’s a plan of action. Our nationally renowned research centers and institutes are doing fundamental work on what matters most in education and information studies in the 21st century: the discovery and application of usable knowledge at the crossroads of policy and practice.


Research Centers & Institutes


Black Male Institute (BMI)

BMI is a community dedicated to improving the educational experiences and life chances of Black males by addressing economic, social, legal, and health challenges.

Center for Improving Child Care Quality (CICCQ)

CICCQ conducts high-quality research with a focus on improving the early care and education environments of young children at local, state, and national levels.

Center for Information as Evidence

CIE is an interdisciplinary forum addressing the ways in which information objects and systems are created, used, and preserved as evidence.


Center for International & Development Education (CIDE)

CIDE works to enhance educational capacity, facilitate human and economic development, and promote cross-cultural exchanges related to international and development education.

Center for Knowledge Infrastructures

CKI conducts research on scientific data practices and policy, scholarly communication, and socio-technical systems, exploring methods of data collection, innovations in scaling and workflows, and multidisciplinary approaches to complex problems.

Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing (CRESST)

CRESST sets the national research agenda by creating new methodologies for evaluating educational quality, student learning, and use of assessment data.

Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS)

CTS conducts research and develops tools to help education systems place a commitment to equity at the center of their work.

Center X

Center X is dedicated to dramatically changing education for the underserved students of Los Angeles by designing and conducting programs that produce K-12 teachers committed to social justice, instructional excellence, and caring in low-income urban schools.


Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP)

CRP is creating a new generation of research in social science and law on the critical issues of civil rights and equal opportunity for all racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

Community Archives Lab at UCLA

The Community Archives Lab at UCLA explores the ways that independent, identity-based memory organizations document, shape, and provide access to the histories of minoritized communities with a particular emphasis on understanding their affective, political, and artistic impact.

CONNECT, a center for research and innovation in elementary education

CONNECT links nationally recognized researchers with teachers and administrators at UCLA Lab School and public schools in Southern California to investigate central issues in education.

Digital Cultures Lab

As digital technologies spread to every continent of the world, the Center for Global Digital Cultures studies their implications on education, politics, labor, identity, and economy.

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)

HERI promotes institutional improvement through an increased understanding of higher education, and is home to the Cooperative Institutional Research Program which conducts the largest ongoing national studies of college students in the United States.

Institute for Democracy, Education, & Access (IDEA) 

IDEA seeks to challenge pervasive inequalities in education by conducting research, analyzing policy, and working alongside communities to increase access to high-quality public schools and college.

Institute for Immigration, Globalization, & Education (IGE)

IGE conducts multidisciplinary research engaging policymakers, practitioners, and institutional leaders to expand opportunities for diverse, vulnerable, and marginalized students.

The Paulo Freire Institute (PFI)

PFI seeks to gather scholars and critics of Freire’s work in permanent dialogue to foster the advancement of new theories and concrete interventions in the real world.

Sudikoff Family Institute

The Sudikoff Family Institute for Education enhances awareness of critical education issues by utilizing the press and other media to convey the work of GSE&IS faculty to policy makers, educators, and the general public.