Rent or Own?

Penn IUR Co-Director Susan Wachter and Arthur Acolin write about shifting dynamics of the housing market in a new Penn IUR Brief.

Read More

Urban Leaders

Penn IUR honored urban visionaries Angela Glover Blackwell and Jeremy Nowak with the 2016 Urban Leadership Awards.

Read More

Picturing Urban Design

See the winning photos from our recent photo contest on the link between the urban environmental landscape and urban health.

Read More

Penn IUR Spring Newsletter

Penn IUR's just-released Spring 2016 newsletter offers an in-depth look at our recent publications, events, and the work of our affiliated experts.

Read More

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.

Bring our latest initiatives, publications and events to your inbox.

In progress

GlobalSustainable CitiesUrban Development Strategies

UN-HABITAT World Urban Campaign

Penn IUR is a partner with UN-HABITAT, the United Nations agency for human settlements. The goal of UN-HABITAT is to help the urban poor by bridging the urban divides and transforming cities to cleaner, greener, safer, smarter and more equitable places with better opportunities where everyone can live in dignity.

GlobalSustainable CitiesUrban Development Strategies

Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanizing World

Penn IUR promotes dialogue and fosters multidisciplinary collaboration among scholars in addressing food security, a critical issue in today’s rapidly urbanizing world. In March 2013, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and Penn’s Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives., and in partnership with the P...

NationalAnchor Institutions

Penn IUR Case Studies on Anchor Institutions

Anchor institutions are economic engines for cities and regions, acting as real estate developers, employers, purchasers of goods, magnets for complementary businesses, community-builders, and developers of human capital.

NationalSustainable Cities

PJM Electricity Price Ticker and Energy Literacy Education Campaign

As part of the Energy Efficient Building Hub (EEB Hub) project (now the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation), and in partnership with PJM Interconnection LLC Penn IUR developed an electricity price ticker, a web-based and desktop app which allows people to track the wholesale price of electricity.

GlobalUrban Development Strategies

Center for Globalization Studies in an Urban World (GUW)

The Center for Globalization Studies in an Urban World is a center founded within Penn IUR that supports research and teaching on globalization—at Penn and beyond.

View All Initiatives

off the press


The Shape of the New American City

Eugenie L. Birch, Susan M. Wachter


Revitalizing American Cities

Susan M. Wachter and Kimberly A. Zeuli

View All Publications