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PhD in Urban and Regional Planning

PhD book collage

A sampling of publications from our faculty in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning

The University at Buffalo invites applications from outstanding candidates interested in pursuing a career in research and teaching through its PhD program in urban and regional planning – the first and only one in the State University of New York system.

The program, designed to nurture distinguished scholars and researchers, offers research and learning opportunities encompassing the field of urban and regional planning. Examples of some research areas where the program offers special capability, international distinction, and emphasis include:

  • Declining cities and distressed urban communities
  • Health, food systems, human abilities, and environment
  • Built environments and environmental change
  • Disasters and extreme events
  • Advanced technology, information systems, and methods in planning 

Our graduate students have the opportunity to participate in research at centers and labs in the School of Architecture and Planning, including the Regional Institute, Urban Design Project, Center for Urban Studies, the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, and the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA), as well as more broadly within the University at Buffalo. Centers and labs within the School connect students with faculty with research interests similar to their own and provide an opportunity for the students to engage in advanced research.

Many faculty members are engaged in community-based research in the historic city of Buffalo, NY, and the surrounding region while others conduct research in national and international arenas. Research sponsors include local and national sponsors including the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the United States Department of Education.