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Manners Award
January 17, 2019


About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of UCSUR is to work 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 in the social and behavioral sciences to faculty throughout the University; (2) collecting and disseminating regional and national policy-relevant data to support faculty research and community development, and 3) conducting original research in a few focused areas, including urban impact analysis; survey methodology; and psychosocial aspects of aging;

About Us

UCSURThe 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. 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; and
  • 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:

  1. Provide state-of-the-art research and support services for investigators interested in interdisciplinary research in the behavioral, social, and clinical sciences;
  2. Develop nationally recognized research programs within the Center in a few selected areas; and
  3. Support the teaching mission of the University through graduate student, post-doctoral, 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.



University of Pittsburgh Campus · Center for Social & Urban Research ·
In response to faculty interests and current domestic policy issues, UCSUR develops interdisciplinary research programs that address regional and national policy issues.  As new policy issues emerge, UCSUR is prepared to facilitate and coordinate the development of additional programs identified by interested faculty. 
Existing research programs include:
Gerontology Research Program  
Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP)  
Survey Research Program  
Urban & Regional Analysis Program  
Projects conducted in all of our programs illustrate the Center’s commitment to enhancing scientific understanding of social phenomena while generating information for improved policy making in both the public and private sectors. 

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