The University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) was established in 1972 to undertake applied social science research utilizing interdisciplinary perspectives. As the major survey research facility within the University, UCSUR initiates its own research projects, collaborates with faculty from various schools and departments in joint research efforts, and offers technical assistance to members of the University community engaged in social science research. UCSUR's Survey Research Program (SRP) is a campus-wide research and service unit that maintains a small, but highly experienced staff of survey professionals, trained interviewers, and data management specialists. Its mission is to provide state-of-the-art technical facilities and services to assist in formulating and executing research projects. The SRP maintains survey facilities for conducting complete survey projects from initial study design through data analysis.
Programs of research at UCSUR reflect concerns with social and public policy issues of local, regional, state, national, and international significance. The Center is committed to research and demonstration in five principal areas: (1) urban and regional analysis, including the use of regional economic models; (2) gerontology; (3) intergenerational studies; (4) child and family development; and (5) environmental policy studies. Studies in these areas are undertaken in an effort to enhance scientific understanding and to generate information that may be used to improve policy making in both the public and private sectors.
Most recently, faculty from the Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Public Health, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the Katz Graduate School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Social Work, and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, among others, have been active participants in research programs at UCSUR.
UCSUR is located at 121 University Place. For additional information, telephone 412-624-5442.