Manuel Pastor

Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

As the Director the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC, Dr. Manuel Pastor conducts research and facilitates discussions on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, and social movement building. In this position he draws upon his vast research experience which has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities. This expertise has led him to speak frequently on issues of demographic change, economic inequality, and community empowerment and contribute opinion pieces to such outlets as the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle.

Pastor has co-authored numerous books including Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions, Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future, and This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Transforming Metropolitan America.



REWIND: Climate Equity

March 26, 2017
Will a green economy be more equitable than the brown economy? As California transitions to renewable energy, the result will be green jobs,...

Climate Equity

March 16, 2016
Communities of color are most affected by pollution, yet they’ve been overlooked by the green movement. How can we ensure environmental justice...