Recent News

  • Professor Robert Fairbanks on Radio Times

    Click here to listen to the June 8th edition of Radio Times, where Urban Studies Professor Robert Fairbanks talks about the phenomenon of recovery homes in Philadelphia.

  • Melanie Young's (URBS '15) student selected to compete in national math championship

    Melanie Young (URBS '15) is a teacher at Southwark Middle School in Philadelphia, and introduced the students to the NBA-sponsored board game, Math Hoops, as part of her after school math club. Math Hoops combines basketball and math, encouraging 3rd through 8th graders to learn basic math while scoring “baskets” on a model basketball court.

    Melanie’s student, Aye Aye, who moved to South Philadelphia from Thailand, is one of 16 students selected from over 20,000 applicants to complete in California at the National Championship for Math Hoops.

  • Project Coordinator, Al-Bustan

    Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is an Arab arts and education organization based in West Philadelphia. “Al-Bustan,” Arabic for “The Garden,” promotes cross-cultural understanding among youth and adults of all backgrounds, seeking to build peaceful and respectful paths for bridging differences, celebrating diversity, and fostering alternative ways of effecting positive social change. 

  • PennEnvironment Campaign Positions Available

    PennEnvironment is a statewide, citizen-based grassroots environmental advocacy group and we're hiring students here in the Philadelphia area for immediate positions on our campaign to fight environmental rollbacks.  We're looking for students who work hard, communicate well and are interested in doing something meaningful with their summer.

  • Program Associate, Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners

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  • Manager, Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners

    About the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia

  • Food System Program Fellow

    Position: Food System Program Fellow

    Location: Durham, NC

  • Design Associates at The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP

    Seeking: Design Associates

    The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP ([bc]) is a Texas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. [bc] has offices in Dallas, Brownsville, and Houston, TX and in Washington DC. [bc] is currently seeking one associate to work on urban design and architectural projects in the Dallas office and one associate to work on a large scale housing initiative in Corpus Christi, Texas.

  • Researchers and Residents Explore ways Eastwick Floods and Ideas for Mitigation

    Urban Studies Lecturer Michael Nairn, along with other researchers, are working to find solutions to mitigate flooding in Philadelphia’s Eastwick neighborhood. The neighborhood is located in a part of Southwest Philadelphia with the lowest elevation in the city, and is almost completely surrounded by water. Projections of a rising sea-level are expected to increase the amount of flooding Eastwick experiences.

  • City First Homes Program Intern

    Duties and Responsibilities

    The Program Intern will provide support to CFE/CFH Staff by doing research as well as other tasks on a variety of projects dealing with housing development, housing policy, and/or housing advocacy.

    • Assist Senior Vice President (SVP) and Associate Vice President (AVP) in improving CFH’s homebuyer selection and support practices to ensure compliance with federal and state requirements while meeting strategic and programmatic goals.