Welcome to Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts & Sciences. It draws on faculty and resources across the university and the city to offer students a multi-faceted approach to the study of urban trends.  More...

Urban Studies Research Guide

If you're looking for where to start your Urban Studies research, then look no further. Urbs librarian Deborah Bishov has created a handy Urban Studies Research guide, complete with online text resources as well as mapping tools, U.S. Census data and more. Here's the link!

Showcasing Student Work

During the Spring 2017 semester, students in URBS 200 will study the economic, social, and cultural life of a specific Philly neightborhood. Click here to see student work from previous semesters! 

Graduate Certificate Program: Accepting Applications

Spring Deadline: March 3rd, 2017

Submit
1) CV
2) Letter of interest
3) Statement of purpose

Click here for full details

Recent News

  • Izzy Korostoff (URBS '18) named 2016 Digital Humanities Fellow

    Congratulations to Izzy Korostoff on being named a Digital Humanities Fellow! https://news.upenn.edu/news/penns-inaugural-digital-humanities-fellows-study-art-urban-history-media

  • Studies in Rapid Neighborhood Change

    Since 2011, Ira Goldstein and Mark Stern have taught URBS200—Urban Research Methods—using a community case study approach. We have chosen a neighborhood and used a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to learn about its economic, social, and cultural life.  Because Philadelphia is a dynamic city, these case studies typically focused around issues of community change: what has changed and how have those changes affected community residents?

  • School Closures Conference

    On June 19, 2015, over 65 people gathered at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for a one-day convening on school closure research in the mid-Atlantic. Participants represented communities and institutions throughout the region, including: Baltimore; Boston; Cleveland; Newark, N.J.; New York; Philadelphia; and Rochester, N.Y. The event consisted of three research roundtables, a panel discussion of strategies for making research useful, and a keynote response from Dr.

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