About USL

Our interdisciplinary scholarship examines the social, ecological, and technical-infrastructure system (SETS) interactions that drive persistent patterns and challenges in cities. Our goal in studying and visualizing SETS dynamics is to provide new insight into opportunities for supporting wellbeing of human and non-human species for planning and designing more equitable, resilient, and sustainable cities.

Rapidly expanding urbanization, biodiversity loss, and climate change pose dramatic implications for urban residents and the natural systems they depend on. Our research, from theory to practice, aims to reveal and support the social-ecological-technical system processes that drive everyday experiences in urban areas. We use both empirical and theoretical approaches as well as data visualization to advance urban systems research and practice.

We address a variety of research areas, including: urban resilience; climate change adaptation and nature-based solutions; social-ecological-technical systems analysis and modeling; urban land use planning; social equity and environmental justice; sustainable urban futures and scenarios; urban biodiversity and ecosystem services; and urban ecosystem structure and functioning.