Our research program is built upon the understanding that the urban condition is dynamic. Significant changes in information, communication, transportation, and production technologies influence the patterns of trade and culture, flows of capital and labor, and urban and metropolitan environments. These major consequences are manifested at multiple scales—from the local to the global—and impact places and people differentially.
Faculty research projects focus broadly on the interconnections among processes of globalization, the implications for sustainability, and the impact on equity and social justice. These research emphases incorporate a strong analytical foundation of both quantitative and qualitative geographic methods, as well as urban policy.
Sponsored research projects in the department are funded by a variety of federal and international agencies and foundations, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the National Institutes of Health, The World Bank, and the William Penn Foundation, among others. Through these resources, graduate students play an integral role in sponsored research.
Browse the links on the left for information on specific faculty members and research projects associated with the department's research foci.