For the first time in human history, more people today live in cities than in rural areas. In a generation, over 70% of the world is expected to be urbanized. Urban sociology, then, is more important now than ever before. Focusing on topics such as urban poverty and slums, wealth and gated communities, neighborhood change and neighborhood effects, housing and residential mobility, and community life and city politics, this research cluster focuses on the inner-workings of cities and urban life.
The department sponsors the Urban Theory and Data Lab.