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Research Resources

Research is an important aspect of Urban Studies, particularly within the rapidly altering landscape of the 21st Century urban setting. Growing cities are examining urban renewal while still focusing on sustainability, population flux, and aesthetic longevity. We encourage you to explore a diverse amount of organizations, student groups, and periodicals that will give insight to the many challenging topics that you may encounter while exploring or conducting your research.

Useful Links to Assist You in Your Urban Studies Research

Research Organizations

Atlas of Urban Expansion
Part of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Atlas provides the geographic and quantitative dimensions of urban expansion and its key attributes in cities the world over.

Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program
Provides decision-makers with timely trend analysis, cutting-edge research and policy ideas for improving the health and prosperity of cities and metropolitan areas.

Center for Urban Research
Housed at CUNY, the Center organizes basic research on the critical issues that face New York and other large cities in the U.S. and abroad.

Center for Urban Policy Research
Basic and applied research on a broad spectrum of public policy issues.

Furman Center
Academic and empirical research on legal and public policy issues involved in real estate, housing, and urban affairs.

Gotham Center
Gotham Center. Research Center and public programs on New York City history sponsored by the Graduate Center of CUNY

Internet resource center on urban history

The Urban Portal
A core project of the University of Chicago Urban Network, focusing on urban social science

Urban Institute
Nonpartisan economic and social research institute located in Washington, DC

Urban Land Institute
Nonprofit education and research institute with focus on the use of land in order to enhance the total environment.

Community Organizations

Institute for Urban Family Health
Dedicated to the development of high quality health care services for urban populations

National Urban League
Premier social service and civil rights organization in America

Place Matters
Promotes and protects urban places in New York City

Urban Ecology
An organization dedicated to building ecologically and socially healthy cities

Professional Groups

Planner's Network
Progressive professionals and activists concerned with urban planning and social justice

Urban Affairs Association
International professional organization for urban scholars, researchers and public service providers

Magazines, Blogs, Journals

Gotham Gazette
A leading daily publication covering New York City politics and urban news.

Next American City
A national magazine created for and by a new generation of urban thinkers and leaders.

A public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community.

Urban Omnibus
An online project of the Architectural League to create a new kind of conversation about design and New York City.

City Limits
New York's urban affairs news source.

Journal of Urban Affairs
Focusing on urban research and policy analysis, the journal offers multidisciplinary perspectives and explores issues of relevance to both scholars and practitioners.

The Urban Reinventors
Online urban journal, whose aim is to analyze the entrepreneurial strategies of reinvention of the contemporary city.

International databases containing over 700,000 references on urban and regional policy and planning.

Urban Studies Journal
Scholarly journal featuring the latest academic work in the field.

Student Groups

Eco-Urban Renaissance
A GSA Charter Group strives to make connections between the disciplines of ecology and urban studies.

Students for Environmental Protection and Awareness
Fordham student group for students especially interested in urban ecology.

Students for Progressive Justice
Fordham student group dedicated to educating and empowering students through social justice and action.