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...

2017-2018 URBS Public Conversation Series

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's public conversation series on Development & Equity a success. If you missed the panels, you can listen to the audio files on our Youtube page!

New Study Shows How Arts and Culture Improve Health, Safety and Well-being in NYC

Low- and moderate-income residents in NYC neighborhoods with many cultural resources are healthier, better educated, and safer overall than those in similar communities with fewer creative resources, according to a groundbreaking study from Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice, led by Mark Stern, co-director of Urban Studies. To find out more about this study, visit their website or read Penn Current's recent article. (Photo is a heat map of NYC, provided by NASA).

Check out our list of Urbs-related internships and other opportunities

Use this link to see our list of Urbs-related internships. These often come to us from Urban Studies alums, who are specifically seeking Urban Studies students!

New York Trip 2018

Thank you to all the students and alumns who helped make this year's Annual New York Trip a great success! Check out pictures of the day on our Facebook page.

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 2018 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! 

Recent News

  • Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership

    Advancing Cities, Learning from Leaders

    The Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership Program, open to Penn undergraduates, engages a small cohort of selected students with high-level local, regional, and national leaders drawn from government, business, and civil society to discuss public and private decision-making in urban places.  The program provides students a uniqu

  • Next City publishes op-ed by URBS senior, Jana Korn, based on her senior seminar research on Women and violence on public transportation

    Jana spent spring 2017 semester in Santiago Chile and was struck by the vibrancy of life in public places, but she also began to see how the experience of public life is gendered.  In the preface of her senior seminar paper, Jana notes the incredible congestion she observed on public transportation in Santiago and how it is male dominated at certain times of the day.  This led her to ask if women were being turned away from these forms of transportation because of the threat of sexual violence?  And how was the challenge of navigating public transportation shaping women's opp

  • High and Low: Realigning Housing Incentives to Promote Equitable Development

    Philadelphia’s generous ten-year property tax abatement has been a catalyst for wealth-building, primarily in strong downtown and neighborhood real estate markets for two decades. Can this incentive now also become a vehicle for supporting equitable development across the city?

Alumni Achievements

  • Joanna Visser Adjoian pens Op Ed on Youth Re-entry

    On February 28, 2018, The Inquirer ran an op-ed by YSRP Co-Directors Lauren Fine and Joanna Visser Adjoian (URBS Alum 2004).

  • Sharna Goldseker (URBS '96) Publishes Book on Philanthropy

    Sharna Goldseker (URBS '96) recently published a book with co-author Michael Moody entitled, Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving. Based on original research and extensive in-person interviews with next gen donors including Justin Rockefeller, Hannah Quimby, Alex Soros, Katherine Lorenz, John R.

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