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Research & Engagement

Research & Engagement

Our School's midtown Atlanta laboratories give birth to new ideas that can change urban life. Atlanta’s changing landscape is in part a testimony to Georgia Tech’s creativity and insight.

Our research doesn’t just get published in journals. It influences the lives of people living in cities and regions globally.

The Atlanta BeltLine, Atlantic Station, and Chattahoochee Now were all first imagined in a School project, as were urban heat island mitigation in Louisville and the Shunde Green Heart district in Guandong, China. 

More than $3 million of funded research is conducted by School members each year, from a $2.5 million NSF project on urban heat islands to a $5,000 Georgia Conservancy project on school siting.


We Focus On

RESILIENCE - We advance the capacities of cities and regions to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stresses and shocks to achieve sustainable futures. We promote improvements to urban form, infrastructure, and social capital in order to advance prosperity, environmental quality, social justice, and economic and political equity. 

URBAN ANALYTICS - We leverage the power of informatics and spatial analytics to better understand the forces that drive urban systems, thereby helping to inform community-driven future planning based on our core values of sustainability, justice, resilience, health, and inclusion. 

INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES - We facilitate the involvement of the full range of affected stakeholders in decisions concerning the future of cities and regions, with particular attention to under-represented groups, in order to reduce inequality through plan implementation.

Learn About What We Do

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Faculty Research

Our faculty are at the forefront of innovation in their chosen fields.
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Student Research & Work

Every graduate student completes both individual and team-based research.
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Global Partnerships

We have numerous partnerships abroad that grant opportunity to students.
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Research Labs & Affiliated Centers

Our faculty work in major research centers and run their own academic labs.


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