SGCI vision statement



Who We Are

We seek to become a premier, university-wide initiative that will function as a hub of activity, networking, and support for all city-related research and scholarship at the University of Connecticut.

Research involving the city is inherently diverse and interdisciplinary. Comprising an extensive network of Faculty Affiliates and supporters spanning multiple disciplines, schools, and colleges at UConn, the SGCI embraces a broad and inclusive definition of urban topics and strives to bring scholars and researchers together to tackle salient challenges facing today’s cities throughout the world.

Learn more about the SGCI and the many ways it supports cities-related work at our “About the SGCI” page!


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NEW: SGCI Social Media Request Form

Let us help you get the word out!

One of the SGCI’s core missions is to increase the visibility of the incredible cities-related work being done here at UConn. The SGCI Social Media strategy is now moving out of its beta phase and is inviting members of the UConn community to submit cities-related news, events, and professional accomplishments for us to share!

We would love to share your news with an ever-growing audience. All it requires is filling out a short form, which can be accessed here:

Don’t forget to follow the SGCI on
Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn!

NEW: SGCI Student Awards & Faculty Grants!

The 2021 SGCI Faculty Research Grants Competition will award small grants to UConn faculty whose research projects focus on urban topics, broadly defined. The April 23 deadline is fast approaching! Visit our Faculty Grants page for more information and to submit your application.

Attention all UConn Students!  Undergraduates: Have you written a paper or multi-modal project in the past academic year that involves the city of Hartford in any way? Check out the Writing Hartford Essay Contest, which is a great way for you to earn prizes and acclaim for your work. This contest is open to all undergraduates from all UConn campuses and all UConn majors! Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2021.

UConn graduate students from all disciplines and professional schools are likewise invited to submit any research paper related to cities-related topics (broadly defined) they have written in the 2020 - 2021 academic year for the SGCI Graduate Student Award in Urban Studies. Deadline is June 1, 2021.




    Focused on collaboration: Learn more about
    the SGCI's Six Core Themes of Urban Research

    Position Opening: SGCI Director

    Having secured a five-year funding commitment from the University, the SGCI is seeking a UConn faculty member to serve as Director as it enters its next new and exciting phase of development. Follow this link for more details on the appointment and how to apply.

    Online Faculty Affiliate Directory

    With the SGCI Faculty Affiliates directory, UConn researchers can find colleagues who share similar academic interests, and members of the public can easily find experts in various cities-related topics. In addition to contact information, the directory prominently displays research themes, self-described research interests, project descriptions, and recent cities-related publications for all of our Faculty Affiliates.

    Our Faculty Affiliate Directory can be viewed alphabetically by last name, or broken down by Research Theme.

      Join the SGCI!

      The SGCI has substantial potential to influence national and international conversations on cities-related topics -- but the scope and impact of our activities directly depends on support from faculty, staff, community partners, and donors. There are many ways you can help the SGCI achieve its goals:

      • Are you a UConn researcher whose work intersects with one of our six core research topics? Our scope is global, but we plan to create research agendas with a focus on Hartford and other Connecticut cities, too. Register to become an SGCI Faculty Affiliate!
      • Are you part of a community or organization that is seeking an expert in an urban-related topic at UConn? In the future, we plan on having the capacity to connect you with UConn researchers whose research could be relevant to your mission. Learn more by emailing us at
      • Are you a donor or non-profit institution interested in funding cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research and projects on topics related to urban life? Contact us to learn how you can help!

      To learn more about other ways you can support the SGCI, contact us at