UCSUR works collaboratively to conduct interdisciplinary research that improves communities and addresses social, economic, health, and policy issues most relevant to society.  UCSUR carries out this mission by (1) providing research support infrastructure and training; (2) conducting original research in a few focused areas, including urban impact analysis; survey methodology; and psychosocial aspects of aging; and (3) enhancing access to local and national policy-relevant data.


UCSUR maintains a permanent research infrastructure available to faculty and the community with the capacity to:

  • Conduct all types of survey research, including complex Web surveys
  • Carry out regional econometric modeling
  • Analyze qualitative data using state-of-the-art computer methods
  • Obtain, format, and analyze spatial data
  • Acquire, manage, and analyze large secondary and administrative data sets including Census data
  • Design and carry out descriptive, evaluation, and intervention studies
  • Provide information technology services for the collection, management, and analysis of sensitive research data to assure the highest levels of security and privacy.

The long-term goals of UCSUR fall into three broad domains:

  • Provide state-of-the-art research and support services for investigators interested in interdisciplinary research in behavioral and social sciences.
  • Develop nationally recognized research programs within the Center in a few selected areas.
  • Support the teaching mission of the University of Pittsburgh through graduate student, postdoctoral, and junior faculty mentoring, teaching courses on research methods in the social sciences, and providing research internships to undergraduate and graduate students.

Achieving these goals requires that we continually upgrade and improve the research infrastructure of the Center, and that we recruit, develop, and maintain a core staff of investigators capable of being leaders in their fields.