Research Centers

Kentucky State Data Center

The Kentucky State Data Center (KSDC) is the state’s lead agency in the U.S. Census Bureau’s State Data Center Program and Kentucky’s official clearinghouse for Census data.  The State Data Center program was initiated by the U.S. Census Bureau in 1978 in order to facilitate the dissemination of Census data to data users across the state and to provide a vehicle for user feedback to the Census Bureau. KSDC’s mission is to empower data users with understandable, accurate and timely information.


Urban Studies Institute

The Urban Studies Institute (USI) is an applied economic and demographic research center serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Louisville metropolitan area. Proceeds from USI sponsored research are used exclusively to fund graduate student internships and assistantships in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs. USI faculty and staff are housed in the old Standard Oil building on the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.  Click here for more information and publication list.

The Quality of Government Survey for the 50 U.S. States, the first of its kind in the United States, will invite public administration faculty to participate in the expert survey and offer open access to survey data.  The survey is currently a part of the Urban Studies Institute. Click here to go to the Quality of Governments Survey for the 50 U.S. States website.

Urban Design Studio (UDS)

The mission of the Urban Design Studio (UDS) is to raise the communities awareness of better design practices for our built environment with a focus on moving our city and region towards a sustainable future. Through design charrette facilitation, workshops, meetings, classes and general outreach to the community, the UDS offers a central location to discuss issues in the community and work in a collaborative environment to come up with creative solutions for the betterment of all.

The UDS serves as a classroom, meeting point, resource base, and exhibition space. Professors and practitioners cultivate various research endeavors throughout the year and periodically join forces on special issues. The UDS frequently holds planning and design charrettes and discussion forums that help increase the level of public involvement. In addition, the UDS conducts research and spatial analysis, develops conceptual site plans, massing models and other analytical tools related to urban design, and produces graphics, maps and reports. Reaching out to broader audiences, the UDS also serves as a gallery space for exhibits of art, design, and urban planning-related works.

The ability to draw from a regional pool of talented professionals, academics and students provides the UDS with a unique ability to research and respond to a broad range of urban design issues. 


Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development (CHR)

The Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development (CHR) is a research unit at the University of Louisville that advances community resilience by connecting disaster research to practice.  In operation for over 20 years, CHR integrates the skills of urban planners, engineers, natural scientists, and social scientists to solve the challenges presented by hazards to communities and their built environments. 


Center for Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM)

The University of Louisville Center for Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM) seeks to provide research and technical assistance to local, state, and tribal governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations regarding sustainable environmental policy and program development and evaluation. The CEPM houses the UofL Environmental Finance Center serving EPA Region 4. The EFC@UofL is a member of the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) which allows us to access environmental experts from across the country from 10 different academic institutions.


Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility

The Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility is an interdisciplinary research and public service center at the University of Louisville. It is one of several centers that compose the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development. The Center’s work focuses on society’s land use choices and practices that are related to the natural and human environment. In particular, the Center’s work seeks to identify principles, methods, and processes that promote environmentally responsible land uses.