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The Center for Urban & Regional Studies supports other UNC-Chapel Hill programs and centers.


The Center is home to three programs: the Carolina Transportation Program; the Community Histories Workshop; and the Program on Chinese Cities. Recently, CURS launched a fourth program, the Carolina Climate Equity Commons. The Center seeks funds, promotes their efforts and work, and supports proposal development and funding opportunities.

Carolina Climate Equity CommonsThe Carolina Climate Equity Commons brings a critical perspective to the climate equity discussion, recognizing the need to draw out the underlying racial, gender, spatial, health and economic inequities that magnify climate effects. Importantly, it also recognizes the power of local agency and community-based organizing in this process: the Commons seeks to partner with, and learn from, vulnerable communities through engaged scholarship, collaboration and collective action.

The Carolina Transportation Program is an interdisciplinary research and education program. Our program focuses on the study of transportation planning, transit, non-motorized transportation, and land use programs, and their impacts on health, environment, energy and economic development at the local, regional, national, and global scales.

The Community Histories Workshop is designed as a flexible, persistent organizational structure that develops and tests innovative models for community-engaged digital public history and humanities projects that benefit communities and advance The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s institutional mission and priorities.


The Program on Chinese Cities (北卡罗来纳大学中国城市项目) conducts research and training aimed at better understanding the impacts of rapid urban growth on China’s built and natural environments. The Program explores ways to make China’s urbanization process more equitable, transparent, and socially and ecologically sustainable.



The Center also administers research funding for its affiliate, the Center for Community Capital.

cccstacked The UNC Center for Community Capital at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the leading center for research and policy analysis on the transformative power of capital on households and communities in the United States. The center’s in-depth analysis helps policymakers, advocates and he private sector find sustainable ways to expand economic opportunity to more people, more effectively.