Future Urban Leaders

Penn IUR is pleased to introduce its inaugural cohort of Fellows in Urban Leadership-- exceptional Penn undergraduates tackling today's urban issues.

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New Urban Ideas

"New Ideas in Urban Research 2018" features research questions and findings from Penn IUR’s Emerging Scholars and 2018 Urban Doctoral Recipients.

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Photographing the City

Penn IUR is pleased to announce a photo contest that explores the question: why cities? The contest aims to highlight the importance of understanding the various facets of urban life.

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Black in White Space

Penn IUR Scholar Elijah Anderson writes that highly publicized recent incidents have highlighted the frequent racial targeting that blacks face as they live, work, study and otherwise navigate “white spaces.”

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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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State & Local Public Finance Links

Penn IUR's online resource for planners, policymakers, researchers, and citizens to access information and expert analyses about state and local public finance in the United States.

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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...

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