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.
This minor provides a good foundation for students contemplating graduate work in urban planning, environmental policy, economics, public administration, public policy, law, or social work.
Offering an interdisciplinary perspective on urban studies, students follow a core trajectory of shared courses and have the freedom to specialize by individually selecting from a large offer of elective courses.
The doctoral curriculum provides a rigorous grounding in urban theory and praxis and methodological training to analyze complex challenges emerging within urban environments and processes.
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.