The Urban Sytems Lab is an interdisciplinary urban systems research, design and practice space at The New School

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Our interdisciplinary scholarship examines the underlying social, ecological, and technical-infrastructure system (SETs) interactions to support the wellbeing of human and non-human species for planning and designing more equitable, livable, resilient and sustainable cities. Rapidly expanding urbanization, biodiversity loss, and climate change pose potentially dramatic implications for the wellbeing of 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 together drive everyday experiences in cities and urban areas.

Our research advances understanding of urban social-ecological-technical systems and focuses on provided the underlying science to support urban planning, policy, management and design. We use both empirical (e.g. “Big Data” analysis, field experiments, spatial methods, scenario modeling) and theoretical approaches (social-ecological systems and resilience theory) to advance urban ecosystem research. 

Our research spans a variety of urban ecological research areas, including:

  • Urban resilience
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Urban land use planning
  • Urban futures and scenarios
  • Urban biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Urban ecosystem structure and functioning
  • Social equity and access to urban green space
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in cities

See our "Projects" page for information on our current research.


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