USC Price School of Public Policy

Urban Development

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  • Center for Sustainable Cities

    The USC Center for Sustainable Cities conducts multidisciplinary research, education and planning and policy outreach efforts on the environmental, social and economic sustainability challenges facing metropolitan regions, and contributes to the development of public policy and planning that improves the natural and human environment of cities.

  • Center for Economic Development

    The Center for Economic Development (CED) is a university research center with partial financial sponsorship from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration University Center Program. CED is a clinical forum and outreach arm for the school, engaging the energy, enthusiasm, and talent of students, faculty, and staff to provide a wide range of services to public, private, and nonprofit entities in the 12 counties of Southern California.

  • METRANS Transportation Center

    METRANS is a U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center. It is a joint partnership of USC and California State University, Long Beach. Its mission is to solve transportation problems in large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach. Its four areas of focus are goods movement and international trade; urban mobility; transportation infrastructure and finance; and safety, security, and vulnerability.