Urban Analysis focuses on theunderstanding of the spatial differentiation and organization of demographic, social, and economic processes shaping cities. The work of Urban Analysis aims at some of the most important challenges and issues facing cities in the U.S. and worldwide, including urbanization and urban sprawl, neighborhood development, transportation, housing, land use, urban demographics, urban crime and social justice, health care accessibility, urban planning and public policy. Research in this area is grounded in solid theoretical and empirical analysis, employing a variety of research methodologies such as mapping and GIS, remote sensing, and spatial statistics. A particular strength of Urban Analysis at the UofL Geographic and Environmental Sciences program has been its applied nature that addresses urban and regional phenomena with direct policy implications. Faculties and students constantly reach out to agencies of state government, local government, school district, nonprofit and community-based organizations. Ultimately, research endeavors in Urban Analysis contribute to UofL's strategic plan of building a premier metropolitan research university and community engagement.