Cities Analysis


  • Diverse body of students, alumni
  • Location in large, global city; Atlanta as Georgia State’s laboratory
  • Multi-disciplinary breadth
  • Global expertise and impact
  • Extensive network of partners locally and globally
  • We contribute to the city’s/region’s aspirations (teaching and research)
  • Large, local alumni base


  • Poor visibility and recognition of basic city research
  • No integrated city strategies
  • Limited collaboration and awareness of others activities, opportunities and rewards
  • No dedicated position/point person to monitor and advance cities goals
  • No recognition for student and career placement in cities
  • Not tapping into government leaders and city stakeholders, funding sources


  • Many current faculty and students from wide range of disciplines conducting research on urban topics could serve as basis for interdisciplinary platform within Arts & Sciences for study of social, cultural, political, material complexity
  • Student interest in urban studies programs (e.g., undergraduate certificate programs, seminars, graduate programs and field schools)
  • Potential for further growth of interdisciplinary cities research and sharing across units
  • Our growing expertise in thematic areas of urban research with recent hires puts us in position to have a strong voice on major issues such as: water and the environment; transportation; sustainability; and health and wealth
  • Urban redevelopment projects, including Turner Field, Underground Atlanta, Sweet Auburn, and Beltline
  • Alignment with other urban initiatives and emerging mechanisms
  • Untapped potential in large, local alumni base
  • Partnerships with local organizations
  • Collaborations with area institutions


  • Tension between community engagement and university’s priorities
  • Competition from other initiatives within GSU and from other universities
  • Alienate stakeholders, research study participants
  • Narrow focus on Atlanta and local issues and not putting them in a large national and global context
  • Potential for backlash if community sees GSU as not working in their interests
  • Reduced funding for social and urban programs and initiatives