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The Center for Urban Research (CUR) engages in independent research projects and client-oriented data analysis services primarily within the areas of demographics, immigration, housing, economic development, crime, and political participation as they impact neighborhood change -- especially in the New York region but also in other major urban centers.

Our research is supported by foundations, public agencies, and corporate sponsors.  Our work with clients typically is fee-based to enable CUR to engage graduate students in real-world research and to offset the costs of running the Center.  Please contact us for more information.

Within this context, CUR specializes in analyzing large data sets, especially the Census data sets, visualizing spatial patterns through maps, synthesizing this information through reports and other written materials, and developing online applications to provide access to our results.  CUR integrates the skills and experience of its component parts -- the CUNY Data Service, CUNY Mapping Service, and NYC Labor Market Information Service -- with scholars and students at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Recent clients include:

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Archdiocese of New York
  • Collegiate Churches Corporation
  • Merck and Company
  • New York Daily News
  • New York Newsday
  • NYC Department of Finance
  • NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
  • NYC Districting Commission
  • NYS Attorney General’s Office

The Center also works closely with other CUNY colleges and researchers to help analyze the region's demographics, workforce opportunities, health conditions, political trends, and other social issues as they affect CUNY and its student population.  Recent CUNY projects include:

  • analyzing Latinos in the New York metropolitan area, in collaboration with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies;
  • surveying the changing regional workforce population for LaGuardia Community College's strategic planning initiative;
  • mapping workforce trends for Queensborough Community College;
  • conducting a spatial analysis of business locations in Willets Point, Queens, based on a survery by Hunter College's Center for Community Planning and Development; and
  • geocoding student data for the CUNY Chancellor's office, CUNY's Enrollment Management Council, and several individual colleges.