About USI



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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


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