Urban Agenda

Increasing the well-being of all those who make their homes in the world’s urban environment, and creating more productive, livable, inclusive, and sustainable spaces are grand challenges of the 21st century. Urban research universities have a unique responsibility in addressing these challenges. In accordance with Goal 4 of GSU’s strategic plan, the Urban Studies Institute advances the urban mission of the University. The Institute’s interdisciplinary research and teaching is focused on a better understanding and effective management of the complex challenges facing cities and urbanizing regions. 

Thematic Focus

The Institute’s research and teaching concentrates on three overarching themes:

A focus on the economic capacity (e.g., productivity, employment, investment) of cities and their ability to absorb shocks and disturbances while retaining functionality; mitigation policies and adaptation strategies to cope with changing economic fortunes.
A focus on social well-being and life chances among various urban populations and across Metropolitan areas (e.g., income, housing, health, education, mobility).
A focus on the systematic ecological sustainability of urbanization and urban governance (e.g., water, food, pollution, environmental amenities or hazards).