About Us

The Center for Urban Innovation (CUI) supports research that thinks globally, acts locally, and encourages researchers, students, and civic leaders to find innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to shaping sustainable cities.

The Center for Urban Innovation:

  • Supports interdisciplinary, scholarly research on urban sustainability and the expanding role of intermediary institutions in the design and governance of resilient regional ecosystems.  The CUI serves as an incubator for faculty research initiatives in this arena as they grow.
  • Partners within Georgia Tech as well as with centers at other universities, nonprofits, and public agencies focused on strategies for building sustainable communities.
  • Serves as a portal connecting Georgia Tech’s expertise and information to the broader stakeholder community locally, nationally, and internationally.

Faculty associated with the Center engage in research ranging from civic computing to urban design. The CUI supports scholarly research on issues ranging from the planning and implementing linear parks like the Atlanta BeltLine to mapping innovative approaches to urban governance around the world.

The CUI pursues innovative solutions to intractable problems by leveraging the assets of a global university.  For example, CUI faculty look towards urban agriculture as a means to mitigate urban heat islands and minimize the negative health effects of urban food deserts---simultaneously confronting the dual challenges posed by climate change and economic inequality. Similarly, CUI faculty also look at urban transit through the lens of “hard infrastructure” like streets and light rail and the lens of “soft infrastructure” like devices and apps that connect citizens to real-time information about bikes, parkways, and pedestrian-friendly routes.

For more information, please contact Jennifer.clark [at] gatech.edu (Dr. Jennifer Clark).