Associations
  • American Association for State and Local History The American Association for State and Local History provides leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society. 
  • The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) is San Francisco's preeminent public policy think tank. Through research, analysis, public education, and advocacy, SPUR promotes good planning and good government.  Since 1959, SPUR has been involved with virtually every major planning decision in the city, bringing together neighborhood leaders, government officials, business leaders, planners, architects, students, and activists - the full range of people who care about San Francisco - to debate, learn, and plan for the needs of the city as a whole.
  • The Urban Affairs Association is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service providers. UAA is the successor organization to the Council of University Institutes for Urban Affairs, formed in Boston in 1969 by a group of directors of university urban programs.  UAA exists to encourage the dissemination of information about urbanism and urbanization, support the development of university education, research, and service programs in urban affairs, and provide leadership in fostering urban affairs as a professional and academic field. 
  • The Urban Futures Program strives to change the climate and terms of the debate over urban policy by developing and promoting voluntary, private-sector, and market-oriented solutions to urban problems. The program's principal activities focus on urban economic development policy and land-use planning at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
  • The Urban History Association was established during 1988 in to stimulate interest in the history of the city in all periods and geographical areas. It is affiliated with the International Planning History Society. Particular efforts have been made to reach those whose interest is outside of North American history. The Association welcomes scholars whose vocation or avocation involves urban topics or materials, even in the context of other fields, e.g. social or cultural history, public history, women's studies, population studies, museum studies, East Asian studies, historic preservation, journalism, material culture, planning, etc.