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The Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies is an interdisciplinary group created to focus academic research, teaching, and service on the needs of neighborhoods where people live and confront localized issues. Created from a recommendation made by GSU’s Arts and Sciences Urban Group, the Center also addresses the whole of the metropolis to allow the study of problems that affect all cities and encourage a comparative focus.


The Center’s goals are:

  • to fully implement a multidisciplinary approach to problems of the cities
  • to bring together faculty and students with urban interests across GSU departments and schools
  • to build on the critical mass of faculty with strong reputations and extensive experience both in basic and applied research
  • to advance faculty research in areas of neighborhood and metropolitan development planning by facilitating interdisciplinary projects dealing with metropolitan urban growth locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • to give greater visibility to the neighborhood and metropolitan teaching and research accomplishments of GSU
  • to bring speakers to the University whose critical analysis of cities will enlighten members of the GSU and metropolitan Atlanta community.
  • to serve as a link between the academic world, local professionals, and neighborhood groups in Atlanta so that they will better understand their urban environment
  • to serve as a resource for teachers in the metropolitan area by providing electronic access to materials that will help middle and secondary students understand the complexity of metropolitan Atlanta.


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