College Access and Success

Penn IUR Faculty Fellow Laura Perna writes about her recent testimony to Congress about improving college access and success for low-income and first-generation students.

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Penn IUR's Fall Newsletter

Our just-released newsletter offers an in-depth look at past accomplishments and a glimpse of upcoming plans.

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Penn IUR Welcomes New Affiliates

We are pleased to welcome our newest affiliated scholars, practitioners and students to Penn IUR.

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How Real Estate Developers Think

Read an excerpt from the prologue of Penn IUR Scholar Peter Hendee Brown's new book in Penn IUR's City in the 21st Century book series.

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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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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.

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The Shape of the New American City

Eugenie L. Birch, Susan M. Wachter


Revitalizing American Cities

Susan M. Wachter and Kimberly A. Zeuli

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