• Urban Studies Research

    In the Urban Studies Department, the community is an extension of our classrooms. You’ll apply your coursework to projects that engage the community and perform fieldwork, outreach, and research with local organizations. Through CityLab and the Urban Action Institute, you’ll have extraordinary opportunities to collaborate on real-world research with faculty mentors and engage in intergenerational and intercultural service-learning projects with community members.

    We recognize these remarkable student-faculty collaborations at our annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity. Recent projects include:

    • Opportunity Awaits: University to Community Partnerships

    The Vincent “Jake” Powers CityLab

    Within the Urban Studies Department, you’ll have the opportunity to explore global urban problems and processes at the local level through our Vincent “Jake” Powers CityLab. CityLab is a research institute and archives that brings community-engaged scholarship to bear on challenges facing people in Worcester and Central Massachusetts. Research teams are interdisciplinary and intergenerational, with students, professors, and community partners all working collaboratively.

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    Urban Action Institute

    Through our Urban Action Institute, we seek to promote student development and collaboratively address social, political, and economic injustices in our society through collective transformative action that bridges lines of difference and forges community.

    Learn More about the Urban Action Institute