Faculty who teach in the Master of Urban Planning program conduct and disseminate research in areas related to urban phenomena and public policy particularly as it relates to sustainability. In particular, they are involved in two research institutes being set up at AUS.
Gulf Environments Research Institute
Built and natural systems interact in very complex ways that have emergent and unexpected outcomes. In particular, the Gulf region presents a unique set of circumstances in which to understand these interactions as they play out now and in the future.
Smart Cities Research Institute
Many of the newest and most exciting advances in research and use of emerging technologies with onboard intelligence are geared towards smart cities applications. These technological advances must be accompanied by advances in governance, policy making and planning.
In addition, faculty are also involved with the Geospatial Analysis Center, a state-of-the-art resource—integrating advanced technology and in-house experts—that researchers and policy-makers use to understand and respond to the geospatial dynamics of human and natural systems.