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The Center’s mission is to promote and support high-quality basic and applied research on planning, policy, and interdisciplinary social issues and challenges we face in urban, regional, and rural settings in North Carolina and around the world.

We have organized this research into seven broad topic areas: Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Housing & Community Development, Poverty & Equity, Sustainable Development, and Transportation. Click the links to the left to learn about research in each of these areas.