In Global Urban Lab (GUL) we work to bridge the gap between the promises and challenges of our world’s great cities. Students do so through a comprehensive program of study, research and immersion experiences.
The program brings students from all majors together around social or economic policy research projects and leads them to explore their topics with a global lens through our partners at leading research centers and institutes.
GUL students have explored and compared a variety of policies in Houston, London and Istanbul since 2011. In 2016-17 academic-year the GUL city is Barcelona, Spain.
The students are selected into the program in October based on their interest in pre-identified research areas. In the Spring semester they register for POST 400/ANTH 400 Global Urban Lab and over the course of the semester they develop their specific research question, explore resources, gather quantitative and qualitative data, conduct interviews, analyze information, and evaluate and compare findings.
The students travel to the GUL city during spring break week to immerse themselves in the culture, attend meetings, discuss research with experts, and increase their sociopolitical understanding about a key region of the world.
At the conclusion of the semester, the students deliver a research/policy paper on their topic. The papers are reviewed by the GUL faculty committee and considered for publication in the Global Urban Lab journal: Bridges.