CURS Researchers Weigh In At Poverty Summit

September 10, 2014

Several North Carolina metropolitan areas are among those with the fastest growing poverty rates in the nation, according to a recent research study. Researchers and leaders from across the Triangle and Triad gathered at the Greensboro Poverty Summit to discuss the particular challenges facing the region and how to combat poverty and economic insecurity in North Carolina. Among them were Todd Owen, Associate Director of the Center for Urban & Regional Studies (CURS), and William High of the Department of City & Regional Planning at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. High and Owen presented findings from their report North Carolina’s Distressed Urban Tracts: A View of the State’s Economically Disadvantaged Communities, which was published earlier this year. Continue reading

CURS Co-sponsors Immigrant Integration Summit

September 17, 2014

Photo credit: Latino Migration Project

Photo credit: Latino Migration Project

The Center for Urban & Regional Studies was proud to co-sponsor the Latino Migration Project’s summit on Immigrant Integration in NC, an event attended by over 70 participants from across the state.  The conference built on the work of Building Integrated Communities, a statewide initiative to enable local governments to successfully engage with immigrants and refugee populations to improve public safety, promote economic development, enhance communication and improve relationships.

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Lessons From Ferguson About Rights, Race and Place

September 8, 2014Lessons from Ferguson panel

A panel discussion at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wilson Library brought together experts from a variety of academic disciplines to explore the recent violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

“Lessons From Ferguson About Rights, Race and Place” was co-sponsored by The Center for Urban & Regional Studies and the Institute of African American Research.  The panelists offered brief remarks on the key underlying factors that led to the events in Ferguson and suggested actions to decrease the likelihood of similar incidents happening in other places, including North Carolina. Continue reading

Dr. Mimi Chapman, 2014-2015 China Urbanization Research Competition Winner


chapman12The Center for Urban & Regional Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Mimi Chapman from the School of Social Work is the winner of the first China Urbanization Research Proposal Competition.  Dr. Chapman will work with Dr. Gina Chowa, also of the School of Social Work, to explore the utility and feasibility of an asset building approach to support urban Chinese youth who are disengaged from education and employment as a result of their status as in country migrants.  Migrant youth who become disengaged from education are receiving attention in China and asset building may provide a pathway to productive economic and civic engagement as well as overall well-being.  Chapman and Chowa plan to collaborate on this project with two long-term Chinese partners, Professor Zhu Meihua of East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai and Professor Hou Xin of China Youth University for Political Sciences in Beijing. Continue reading