Welcome to UCSUR

The University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) was established in 1972 to serve as a resource for researchers and educators interested in the basic and applied social and behavioral sciences. As a hub for interdisciplinary research and collaboration, UCSUR promotes a research agenda focused on the social, economic, and health issues most relevant to our society...More

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UCSUR Highlights

Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center

Regional Data Resource Center

The Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center will be launched in 2015.  This project will provide an open data platform for our partners in local government and community organizations across the region. The Data Center will also provide an array of services to both data publishers and data users.

Read our open Request for Information and the corresponding Questions & Answers documents.

The Richard King Mellon Foundation has awarded $1.8 million to fund the first 18 months of the effort, supporting cooperative initiative between Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh neighborhoods, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Southwestern Pennsylvania Community Profiles

ISWPA logon June of 2015, The Southwestern Pennsylvania Community Profiles was launched. This site (along with the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center) will take the place of Pittsburgh Neighborhood Community Information System (PNCIS). SWPA Profiles was created by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research in partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. This tool was developed for residents, community organizations, elected officials, charitable foundations, students, academic researchers, and journalists as a resource to identify local needs, promote neighborhood investment and ultimately revitalize communities in the area. More

Multi-user Health Kiosk Project


This project is for community-residing older adults who have limited access to personal computers.  Health monitoring and computer vision technology enables in-home assessment of functional capabilities and caregiving quality.  An integrated virtual coaching system is used to promote adherence to recommended health behaviors.

Pittsburgh TODAY

pittsburgh_today2As Western Pennsylania’s regional indicators project, Pittsburgh Today measures Greater Pittsburgh’s progress compared with 14 other regions through a series of 430 statistical indicators in: arts, demographics, economy, education, environment, government, health, housing, public safety, sustainability, and transportation.  Additionally, Pittsburgh Today produces award-winning journalism based on the indicators and on surveys produced in conjunction with UCSUR researchers.   The project’s work is grounded in the fundamental premiss that the best possible understanding of the facts leads to the best possible decisions about the region’s future.   More

UCSUR Research Registry

Abstract Colorful Group Of People Or Workers Or Employees - ConcUCSUR’s Survey Research Program (SRP) has developed and actively maintains a local IRB-approved research registry currently containing approximately 4,000 regional residents with detailed socio-demographic and contact information who are willing to take part in research studies.  Participants are continually recruited from local population-based telephone surveys conducted by UCSUR.  This demographically diverse registry can be used in collaboration with SRP to cost-effectively recruit local participants for externally funded research projects, including repeated panel surveys. More

Brown Bag Seminars

brown_bagBring your lunch and join us for presentations and lectures that highlight neighborhood, community, economic, and other social research by our esteemed colleages.  Presenters include local, national, and international social research experts.  Lectures are from Noon to 1:30pm, unless otherwise noted.  We are located at 3343 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, across from Magee-Womens Hospital.  (Note:  bring your own brown bag)  More

Gerontology Certificate Program

gerocertThe University of Pittsburgh Council on Aging has collaborated with UCSUR to create a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.  The program is designed to serve professionals in diverse disciplines, in a variety of industries, who are interested in acquiring basic knowledge about gerontology and geriatrics, and specialized knowledge of aging and aging processes in their particular disciplines or occupations.  More

The State of Aging in Allegheny County, 2014 Report

soa2The purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive analysis of aging in Allegheny County.  To this end, we integrate survey data collected from a representative sample of older county residents with secondary data available from Federal, State, and County agencies to characterize older individuals on multiple dimensions, including demographic change and population projections, income, work and retirement, neighborhoods and housing, health, senior service use, transportation, volunteering, happiness and life satisfaction, among others.  Since baby boomers represent the future of aging in the County we include data for those aged 55-64 as well as those aged 65 and older.  More