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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.

Focus Areas

We train our students to conduct theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded research in metropolitan and rural 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