Urban Centers and Organizations
  • The Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT) provides a setting where interdisciplinary training and research on the human dimensions of global environmental change can take place.  The Center is committed to an active role in research worldwide on the local and global dimensions of a number of environmentally critical areas.  ACT provides training and research opportunities for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and visitors.
  • The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a national research organization dedicated to research on housing markets, housing policy and programs, and the urban environmental context of housing markets and policy.  AHURI accords special importance to the shifting dynamics of public- and private-sector contributions, structural changes in Australian families and communities, and the importance of housing to employment opportunities and quality of life.
  • The Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC) is a cooperative effort of four research centers on the Indiana University Bloomington campus: the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT), the Midwestern Regional Center (MRC) of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC), the Population Institute for Research and Training (PIRT), and the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. CIPEC activities include interdisciplinary training and research on a variety of themes, focusing primarily on the Western Hemisphere. 
  • At the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services (CUACS), you will find one location capable of handling all your applied research and program evaluation needs. CUACS also provides technical assistance and related support for many public sector agencies and programs.
  • The Center for Urban Policy and the Environment was founded in 1992 within the School of Public and Environmental Affairs on the Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis campus.  The Center works with state and local governments and their associations, neighborhood and community organizations, and business and civic groups to identify issues, analyze options, and develop the capacity to respond to challenges as they arise.
  • For four decades, the Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR) at Rutgers University has served the nation with basic and applied research on a broad spectrum of public policy issues. CUPR is recognized for its analyses of urban poverty and community development, housing, land use, economic development and forecasting, environmental policy, policy evaluation and modeling survey research, and studies of special-needs populations.. The Center's multidisciplinary faculty and staff have backgrounds in city and regional planning, economics, public administration, regional science, sociology, urban geography, computer programming, geographic information systems, and statistics.
  • The Wright State University Board of Trustees established the Center for Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA) in 1986. By creating CUPA, the trustees institutionalized the outreach and applied research objectives pursued by the Office of Urban Affairs, which was created in 1983 to focus the university's efforts on urban issues in Ohio's Miami Valley area.  As part of the Ohio Board of Regent's Urban University Program (UUP), CUPA and seven other state university partners provide education, training, research and technical assistance to urban areas throughout the state. 
  • The Center for Urban Research at CUNY organizes research on the critical issues that face New York and other large cities in the U.S. and abroad. The Center collaborates with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other partners, and holds forums for the media, foundations, community organizations and others about urban research at the Graduate School and City University of New York. These activities are motivated by the desire to understand how broad forces like the global economy and immigration are reshaping work, politics, and neighborhood life in large metropolitan areas. 
  • The Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University conducts interdisciplinary research, in collaboration with civic leaders and scholars both within and beyond Northeastern University, to identify and implement real solutions to the critical challenges facing urban areas throughout Greater Boston, the Commonwealth, and the nation. Founded in 1999 as the Center for Urban and Regional Policy or CURP, the Dukakis Center is equally committed to producing state-of-the-art applied research and to implementing effective policies and practices based on that research.
  • The Center for Urban Research and Policy at Columbia University seeks to create a more informed national dialogue about the challenges and successes of US urban policies and programs, advance research and curriculum on pressing urban issues, prepare and train students to play a greater role in improving cities, promote the participation of urban residents in policy determination at the local, state, and national levels, and provide public officials and community leaders with new tools for management and policy analysis.
  • The Center for Urban Studies directly pursues Wayne State University's urban mission through research, policy and program innovation, technical assistance, and service. Since 1967, the Center has assumed the unique role of urban research and transfer of knowledge and technology, from the academic setting to policymakers and urban constituencies such as government agencies at all levels, educational institutions, human service agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
  • The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) was established at the University of South Florida in 1988 to serve as a resource for policymakers, transportation professionals, the education system, and the public. The multidisciplinary research staff includes experts in economics, planning, engineering, public policy, and geography who develop comprehensive solutions for all modes of transportation while combining academic and "real world" experience. Areas of research include public transportation, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), transportation demand management (TDM), transportation for the disabled and elderly, transportation economics, geographic information systems, access management, alternative fuels, and transportation safety, among others.
  • The Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy seeks to shape a new generation of urban policies that will help build strong neighborhoods, cities, and metropolitan regions. In partnership with academics, private and public sector leaders, and locally-elected officials, the Center will inform the national debate on the impact of government policies, private  sector actions, and national trends on cities and their metropolitan areas. By connecting expert knowledge and practical experience to the deliberations of state and federal policymakers, the Center aims to help develop integrated approaches and practical solutions to the challenges confronting these communities.
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  • Located at John Jay University in New York City, the Gotham Center's purpose is to boost the visibility of New York's underdeveloped historical assets. This newly organized center is working to facilitate cooperation between the many institutions and individuals undertaking various efforts to document the City's extensive history. The Center is currently undertaking four projects including: (1) a web site on New York City history. 
  • H-URBAN is an international electronic discussion network. H-Urban was set up in February 1993 at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in order to provide a forum for scholars of urban history.  Its primary purpose is to enable historians and others interested in urban history to communicate current research and research interests easily; to ask about and to discuss new approaches, sources, methods and tools of analysis; and to comment on current historiography.  Its very thorough listing of web links  are edited and annotated by Clay McShane, Professor of History at Northeastern University.  H-Urban has also established an archive of teaching resources.
  • The International Metropolis Project is a network of research and policy organizations who share a vision of strengthened immigration policy by means of applied academic research.  Its web page includes a  newsletter on the activities of research affiliates, information on conferences and workshops, and a virtual library of materials on immigration and cities.
  • The Institute for Development Strategies in Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs furthers research, graduate level education, and scholarly exchange in the areas of economic development and public policy. It serves as a focal point for IU's contributions to economic development and coordinates faculty research and seminars.  One of the key programs managed by the Institute is the Ameritech Fellowship Program. This program supports several regional policy research projects directed by university faculty members.
  • The Institute for Family and Social Responsibility at Indiana University focuses on social policy research and outreach activities. The Institute's mission is to bring together the resources of citizens, governments, communities and Indiana University to better the lives of children and families. Ongoing research projects examine the impacts of welfare reforms, the adequacy of child support guidelines, community responses to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families legislation, and AIDS education for incarcerated youth
  • The Institute for Housing Research (IBF) is a multi-disciplinary sector research department in the area of housing and urban studies and planning in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Uppsala. It is located in Gvle, only a few minutes walk from the main train/bus stations and the city center, and has its own library.
  • The Metropolitan Chicago Information Center is an independent, non-profit research organization committed to increasing the quality, quantity, and accessibility of information about human conditions and the quality of life in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Begun in 1989 with the leadership of the United Way/Crusade of Mercy, the Chicago Community Trust, MacArthur Foundation and the McCormick Tribune Foundation. MCIC arose from the belief that an independent non-profit research agency could improve the planning and resource allocation decisions made by organizations in the non-profit, public, and corporate sectors.
  • The National Housing Institute is a 24-year old independent nonprofit organization that examines the issues causing the crisis in housing and community in America. NHI examines the key issues affecting affordable housing and community development practitioners and their supporters. These issues include housing, jobs, safety, and education, with an emphasis on housing and economic development, as well as poverty and racism, disinvestment and lack of employment, and breakdown of the social fabric. 
  • The Taub Urban Research Center at NYU's Wagner School explores issues and challenges affecting cities and metropolitan regions. The Center issues reports and conducts forums that include participants from government, business, nonprofit organizations, and the academic community. The Center also houses the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy which is a valuable resource for information on housing issues in NYC and beyond.
  • The Urban Institute is a nonprofit policy research organization established in Washington, D.C., in 1968.  The Institute's goals are to sharpen thinking about society's problems and efforts to solve them, improve government decisions and their implementation, and increase citizens' awareness about important public choices.  The Urban Institute brings three critical ingredients to public debates on domestic policy initiatives from a non-partisan stance: accurate data, careful and objective analyses, and perspective.  Much of the Urban Institute's research spans several disciplines and blends quantitative and qualitative approaches to problem solving. 
  • Established in 1972 to carry out basic and applied social science research, the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) at the University of Pittsburgh is a focal point for collaborative interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary studies. UCSUR's research programs reflect its concern with policy issues of local, regional, national, and international significance. UCSUR is committed to research and demonstration in five principal program areas: Urban and Regional Analysis (URA), Gerontology, Generations Together (GT), Office of Child Development (OCD), and Environmental Policy Studies (EPS). 
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