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Research that matters

At ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, our distinguished research faculty members are focused on the world’s most-pressing environmental and societal issues, including climate policy, water resource management, disaster relief, housing and community development, renewable energy and sustainable growth.

We offer research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and collaborate with other departments within the University and beyond to develop new approaches and ideas. The School is also the editorial home of the International Regional Science Review and Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences.

Geographical Sciences

Monument Valley

Researchers in the Geographical Sciences explore issues surrounding population and migration, environmental and landscape dynamics, geographic information science and technology, meteorology and climatology, urban and regional geography, and more. Our research spans the following four areas:

Computational Spatial Science 
Earth Systems & Climate Science 
Place, Identities and Culture 
Sustainability Science & Studies 

Urban Planning

Downtown Tempe

Researchers in Urban Planning are examining issues surrounding the connections among people, activities, and places; community development and affordable housing, place-making and revitalization; neighborhood-based planning; rebuilding communities after disasters; building sustainable cities; and more. Our research spans the following four areas:

Community Development for Social Equity 
Spatial and Economic Analysis 
Transportation Planning and Policy
Urban Design and Sustainable Cities

Graduate Student Research

Graduate students in the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning conduct research that gets attention. Learn about some recent projects, and see examples of publications authored by our students and research awards they’ve received.

Research Support

These units within the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning provide expertise and resources in support of diverse research initiatives throughout ASU, in the local community, and beyond.