About USI

Old Standard Oil

The Urban Studies Institute (USI) is an applied economic and demographic research center serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Louisville Metropolitan Area. ¬†Proceeds from USI sponsored research are used exclusively to fund graduate student internships and assistantships in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs. ¬†USI faculty and staff are housed in the Old Standard Oil Building on the University of Louisville’s Belknap campus.



Five research centers are housed within USI:
Kentucky State Data Center
Kentucky Population Research Center
Center for Environmental Policy and Management
Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development
Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods