The Mission of the School of Urban and Regional Planning

The School of Urban and Regional Planning is a locus of scholars, teachers, practitioners, agents and students committed to the continuous improvement of urban regions and the planning enterprise through research, teaching and service.

The School provides an environment to discuss, develop and disseminate new ideas and concepts, and contribute to the practice of planning directed towards a future that is environmentally, economically and humanly beneficial. The focus of our work relies on the recognition and use of multi-scalar connections and interactions of systems and planning activities. We encourage involvement in a range of governance activities including policy framework development, participatory decision-making and community stewardship. The School seeks to exploit the potential of emerging technologies and collaborative engagement in creative and innovative ways.

Current initiatives range from: global urban networks, climate change, metropolitan form, disaster management, place making, healthy cities, and housing market issues. Our Strategic Plan 2016 (PDF) provides more details about our vision, mission, and goals and objectives.

Important Announcement

The application window for the Spring 2017 Mentorship Program will reopen November 14 and close December 9, 2016. The Mentorship Program is open to all SURP students. It is a great opportunity to gain insights about what it is like to work as a professional planner. For more details, see the Mentorship Program web page.

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