Discipline Nodes

URBAN’s Discipline Nodes will strive to transform their disciplines and academic departments to enhance community-based participatory research. Internally structured according to a planning committee and liaison to the National Planning Committee, these groups will meet at annual professional association conferences to discuss and share their work.


The URBAN Education Node is comprised of scholars and practitioners from across the United States whose work cuts across disciplines and methodologies to address issues related to educational equity.


The URBAN Sociology Node seeks to build upon the wide array of collaborative research and action initiatives already underway by sociologists. These include campaigns to improve the conditions of day laborers, efforts for equitable community development, strategies for effective community organizing and public education reform, building social movements in the World Social Forum, combating environmental racism, among many others.  Those in the Sociology Node seek to create a permanent, ongoing network within sociology and across disciplines that is focused on collaborative research with communities to create new knowledge relevant to addressing pressing social justice issues.

Urban Planning

The Urban Planning Node is comprised of academics and practitioners who work in collaboration with communities to improve the quality of life in cities.  The desire to promote equitable development and social justice, urban resilience and sustainability raises urgent questions about, among other things, the future of governance and democracy, the role of markets, stewardship of nature and the environment and the role of race, immigration status and identity in constructing communities. Knowledge generated through the lived experience of urban residents themselves can serve to inform successful approaches to these challenges.

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