Research Centers and Institutes

CUPPA's nine research centers and institutes provide a unique synergy in combining the discovery of new knowledge with the education of students and the application of research findings to pressing public problems.

CUPPA faculty, students, and staff design and implement multi-disciplinary scholarship using knowledge, tools, resources and talents drawn from the domains of education, research, and service. The collaboration adds value to more routine activities within each domain. For example, classroom learning is enlivened by new research and practical case studies, research reports inform relevant policy discussions, and collaboration with partners gives access to excellence for those outside the university.

Our engagement with the community includes research that aids in policy solutions for such issues as helping people with disabilities find appropriate housing; creating better transportation options for areas lacking access to jobs, parks, and shopping; helping law enforcement with community policing and problem solving; and providing crucial information to citizens about their government and services.

Our research is funded by renowned foundations such as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Woods Fund, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Chicago Community Trust, as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Department of Justice.

Center for Public Safety and Justice

Juliana Stratton

“The Center for Public Safety and Justice offers programming that will help to improve public polices and government decision-making by providing research and analysis about criminal justice issues.”

Juliana Stratton  |  Director

Center for Urban Economic Development

Michael A. Pagano

“The Center for Urban Economic Development conducts research, policy analysis, and evaluation on urban and regional economic and workforce development issues.”

Michael A. Pagano  |  Dean

Great Cities Institute

Teresa Cordova

“The Great Cities Institute sponsors research, service, and educational programs aimed at improving the quality of life of people living in Chicago, its metropolitan region, and other great cities of the world.”

Teresa Córdova  |  Director

Urban Data Visualization Laboratory

Moira Zellner

“The Urban Data Visualization Lab focuses on visualization problem solving, visualization techniques such as mapping and effective data presentation, and the prior data preparation work needed to ensure quality data.”

Moira Zellner  |  Director

Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy

Amanda Lewis

“Our campus-wide research center, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, focuses on promoting and coordinating engaged research on racial justice and related issues of poverty.”

Amanda Lewis  |  Director

Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement

Joseph Hoereth

“At our Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, we create opportunities for scholars, concerned citizens, students, and government to participate in public discourse and educational programs on current policy issues and social trends.”

Joe Hoereth  |  Director

Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement

Janet Smith and Yittayih Zalelem

“Since its founding in 1978, Voorhees has been guided by the mission to improve the quality of life for all residents of the City of Chicago and the metropolitan area through research and technical assistance to organizations and local government agencies in their efforts to revitalize the many and varied neighborhoods and communities.”

Janet Smith and Yittayih Zalelem  |  Co-Directors

Survey Research Laboratory

Tim Johnson

SRL provides survey research services to University faculty, staff, and students; other academic institutions; local, state, and federal agencies; and others working in the public interest.”

Tim Johnson  |  Director

Urban Transportation Center

P.S. Sriraj

“The Urban Transportation Center at UIC is dedicated to conducting research and education and providing technical assistance on urban transportation planning, policy, operations, and management.”

P.S. Sriraj  |  Director