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Center for Urban Economic Development

The Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) conducts research, policy analysis, and evaluation on urban and regional economic and workforce development issues. UPP affiliated faculty: Executive Director and Research Associate Professor Howard Wial, Assistant Professor Joshua Drucker, Associate Professor Kazuya Kawamura, Professor Nik Theodore, Associate Professor Rachel Weber.

Great Cities Institute (GCI)

The Great Cities Institute sponsors research, service, and educational programs aimed at improving the quality of life of people living in Chicago, its metropolitan region, and other great cities of the world. UPP affiliated faculty: Executive Director and Professor Teresa Cordova, Associate Professor and Fellow Martin Jaffe, Professor and Senior Research Fellow David Perry, Professor and Fellow Nik Theodore, Associate Professor and Fellow Rachel Weber, Professor and Fellow Tingwei Zhang.

Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE)

IPCE creates opportunities for scholars, concerned citizens, students, and government to participate in public discourse and educational programs on current policy issues and social trends. UPP affiliated faculty: Director and Research Associate Professor Joseph Hoereth.

Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy

This campus wide research center focuses on promoting and coordinating engaged research on racial justice and related issues of poverty. UPP affiliated faculty: Assistant Professor and IRRPP Scholar Brenda Parker.

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Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for
Neighborhood and Community Improvement

Since its founding in 1978, the Center has been guided by the mission to improve the quality of life for all residents of the City of Chicago and the metropolitan area through research and technical assistance to organizations and local government agencies in their efforts to revitalize the many and varied neighborhoods and communities. UPP affiliated faculty: Co-Director and Associate Professor Janet Smith, Co-Director and Research Associate Professor Yittayih Zelalem, Assistant Professor Joshua Drucker.

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Survey Research Laboratory (SRL)

SRL provides survey research services to University faculty, staff, and students; other academic institutions; local, state, and federal agencies; and others working in the public interest.

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The Urban Data Visualization Lab (UDVL)

The UDVL is a research center housed with the Department of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs; however, it works with many different units across campus and across many disciplines. It focuses on visualization problem solving, visualization techniques such as mapping and effective data presentation, and the prior data preparation work needed to ensure quality data. UPP affiliated faculty: Professor Kheir Al-Kodmany, Associate Professor Sanjeev Vidyarthi, Associate Professor Moira Zellner.

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Urban Transportation Center (UTC)

The Urban Transportation Center at UIC is dedicated to conducting research and education and providing technical assistance on urban transportation planning, policy, operations, and management. UPP affiliated faculty: Assistant Professor Ning Ai, Professor and GCI Director Teresa Cordova, Associate Professor Kazuya Kawamura, Associate Professor and Voorhees Center Co-Director Janet Smith, Assistant Professor Nebiyou Tilahun, Research Associate Professor and CUED Executive Director Howard Wial, Research Associate Professor and Voorhees Co-Director Yittayih Zelalem.

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