IURD conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research and practical work that reveals the dynamics of communities, cities, and regions and informs public policy.
Rooted in the social sciences, IURD's work has steadily gained recognition since its inception over 40 years ago. IURD has become the gateway to the university for those concerned with urban and regional issues—infrastructure, housing, sprawl, transportation, environmental quality, disaster recovery, and poverty and physical decline in inner cities—as well as a home for scholars who integrate real-world metropolitan problem-solving in their teaching and research.
At the vanguard of local and international metropolitan development
IURD researchers address timely challenges, employing cooperative methods to encourage joint learning, recognize interdependencies, and understand the big picture. The Center for Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS) is a multidisciplinary teaching and research initiative to address metropolitan growth and how it is profoundly affecting nature, the built environment and society. The Center for Global Healthy Cities is a multi-disciplinary, action-oriented research, teaching and partnership initiative. It uses analysis and engagement with current urban problems to promote greater environmental health justice and urban health equity. The Urban Analytics Lab develops state-of-the-art urban technologies to make cities, towns, and other places more livable, sustainable, economically vibrant, and inclusive.
A pioneer in community partnerships
IURD's community partnerships are powerful catalysts for social and economic change. Its Center for Community Innovation supports and expands entrepreneurial community problem-solving through outreach, technical assistance, and research that builds upon local best practices. IURD's Center for Cities and Schools bridges the fields of education and urban policy, stressing high-quality education as an essential component of community vitality and promoting understanding and collaboration among educators, policymakers, and community members.
We invite you to learn more about us, our researchers, and our work.
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