A New Tool for Urban Researchers

Penn IUR Faculty Fellow Iourii Manovskii writes about the Philadelphia FSRDC, a new center where researchers can access and overlay rich sets of federal confidential data.

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Undergraduates as Urban Researchers

As part of Penn IUR's Undergraduate Urban Research Colloquium (UURC), students and their faculty mentors conducted research on everything from spatial analytics to food insecurity.

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New Urban Ideas

Penn IUR's emerging scholars offer a glimpse into the urban issues that they consider important or that they are currently pursuing in their research.

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The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is dedicated to advancing cross-disciplinary urban-focused research, instruction, and civic engagement on issues relevant to cities around the world. As the global population becomes increasingly urban, understanding cities is vital to informed decision-making and public policy at the local, national, and international levels.

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5:00PM - 6:30PM

Urban Talk with Aisa Kirabo Kacyira

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Urban Book Talk with Domenic Vitiello

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Venice Charms and Challenges

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Nature & Cities: A Panel

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Penn IUR Urban Doctoral Symposium

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13th Annual Urban Leadership Awards

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Global Urban Commons

The Global Urban Commons (the Commons), is a publicly-accessible, global directory of university-based urban research centers.The Commons, which includes more than 200 urban-research focused organizations from around the world, is a platform to build awareness about the breadth and depth of global urban research. The site i...

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Metrolab Network

Penn IUR has joined other universities across the nation to create a “Metro Lab Network” of university and city government partnerships committed to collaboration focused on 21st century solutions to the challenges confronting infrastructure, city services, and civic engagement. The Metro Lab Network will bring together...

GlobalSustainable Cities

Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

In partnership with the Taiwan Institute for Economic Research (TIER), Penn IUR is working to develop and maintain a knowledge-sharing platform (KSP) for the Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Working Group (EWG).

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Principles of Housing Finance Reform

Susan M. Wachter and Joseph Tracy


Slums: How Informal Real Estate Markets Work

Eugenie L. Birch, Shahana Chattaraj, and Susan M. Wachter

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