The Urban Studies Institute’s interdisciplinary research and teaching is focused on a better understanding and effective management of the complex challenges facing cities and urbanizing regions. We feel a unique responsibility to increase the well-being of all those who make their homes in the world’s urban environment, and create more productive, livable, inclusive, and sustainable spaces are grand challenges of the 21st century.
The Andrew Young School ranks No. 8 in Urban Policy among the U.S. News and World Reports’ 2020 Best Graduate Schools in Public Affairs.Urban Policy.
Rapid urbanization makes cities the foci of grand societal challenges; cities are where problems are most acutely felt, but also where innovation and adaptability take hold.
Our advanced degree programs equip students with the necessary analytical skills and knowledge to promote inclusive, sustainable urban development through careers as faculty, researchers, consultants, policy-makers, and community organizers.
Georgia State’s unique combination of academic resources and USI’s interdisciplinary research and teaching means our students can draw from expert faculty and courses across the university – from economics, sociology, and geography to public management, political science, and social work.
At USI, you will be able to work closely with your faculty advisor to develop a flexible plan of study tailored to your needs, interests, and future career goals. There is no better place to pursue an urban studies degree!
The new information economy is urban-based, providing the bulk of new jobs and the lion’s share of national and global GDP. The economic resilience of cities is ever more crucial to the well-being of nations.
Who are cities for? Who has the right to shape their production and access the resources of urban societies? And what are the consequences of urban policies for marginalized, vulnerable, and disenfranchised communities?
Our grand challenge is to reimagine the relationship between humans and the environment. We have an opportunity, and an obligation, to make our world and cities more equitable, resilient, and sustainable.