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We train our students to conduct theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded research in urban and metropolitan settings (US and international), understand interdisciplinary and integrative analyses of complex urban processes and problems, and specialize in techniques for urban analysis with an emphasis on GIS, spatial statistics, or qualitative methods. We draw upon our Philadelphia location to provide students with the opportunity to engage in public policy and applied urban research. Furthermore, students can utilize our faculty's linkages with public agencies, educational institutions, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, and social movements in our region, many other regions in the US , and several significant international locations.
Our specific research foci include
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