Student Research

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Tackling real world problems 

Our students address a variety of real issues as they navigate through their academic career. They produce 40+ masters' theses and faculty lead them in 4 - 7 research studios every year. Students win awards, influence planning in the city of Atlanta, and affect change around the world.

Take a look at the categories of student work below. If you have any questions or want to know more about a specific project, please contact us


Applied Research Papers

Applied research papers are completed by Master of City & Regional Planning students as practice-oriented alternatives to theses. These papers utilize practice skills and draw conclusions related to professional planning practice.

Doctoral Dissertations

Ph.D. student research aims to advance planning knowledge and improve planning practice.  Recent dissertations examined industrial land loss, form-based land development codes, and home loan policy impact on segregation.

Master Theses

Master of City & Regional Planning students who do not chose to complete an applied research paper write a formal thesis. The thesis is a hypothesis‚Äźtesting research process with general application within the planning profession.

MS/GIST Capstone Papers

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Geographic Information Science program complete a capstone project before graduation. This project is a part of their final semester (summer term) before graduation. 

Master Studios

The applied studio courses act as a capstone for the MCRP core program that allows students to synthesize their planning knowledge and skills in a real world situation, from large city neighborhoods to moderately sized cities and towns.

Student Publications

Faculty encourage students to publish and present their work and research; students are often successful in many mainstream journals. Because of this, SCaRP student research is widely known by the planning and GIS communities. 

Award-Winning Work

Local, national, individual, and group awards permeate our School's history as students continue to produce the highest caliber projects and papers. Below is a gallery of some of our student's award-winning work.