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Our goal is to introduce students to the professional field of urban affairs and public policy through direct engagement in research activities. Students are given opportunities to develop and apply their research skills through a combination of coursework and participation in ongoing research carried out by Biden School faculty – often through the affiliated research and public service centers.Through research assistantships, students work on research projects that lead to scholarly publications and presentations while contributing to externally-sponsored research contracts and grants. Students are encouraged to seek external funding to support their research, and to author/co-author research papers and reports, share grant-writing responsibilities, and make professional presentations. Faculty members serve as research instructors and advisors, as well as collaborators.
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There are five research centers affiliated with the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration. The centers provide a physical and ideological home for focused research, strong support infrastructures for dissertation work, and sources of funding for research assistantships. All of the centers are interdisciplinary and do a wide range of contract and grant work for public agencies, major foundations and nonprofit organizations.
Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research (CADSR) provides demographic and survey data, geographic information systems applications, and is a basic data source for other faculty and staff and public, nonprofit, and private agencies and policymakers.
Center for Community Research and Service (CCRS) conducts a variety of research and evaluation programs in the areas of local and community-based economic development, housing, poverty, crime and justice, urban and neighborhood planning and governance, utilization of nonprofit and private resources for community and human capital, media and public policy, and family development.
Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD) engages is research and analysis related to historic architectural landscapes, historic preservation planning, public policy design, and the documentation of architectural and cultural resources.
Institute for Public Administration (IPA) provides state and local governments with a wide range of services and research work including land use planning, direct staff assistance, professional training, transportation, telecommunications, and infrastructure projects, and organizing state-wide public policy forums.
Disaster Research Center is a premier interdisciplinary center with an international reputation for research, education, and the improvement of practices associated with managing disasters and catastrophes. DRC faculty come from a number of departments and colleges across the University of Delaware, including the Biden School.