Taubman College

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The Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning provides students with a broad range of faculty and institutional resources to support doctoral-level research.

Affiliated faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized members of the University of Michigan's graduate faculty at Taubman College; the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and the Schools of Education, Natural Resources and Environment, Public Health, Public Policy, and Social Work.

The strong research focus of the college and the university has resulted in research facilities that are among the best in the country. The university currently has over 14,000 students enrolled in graduate and professional programs (among a total student body of 38,000 students, plus 3,700 regular faculty). The 24 libraries on campus have 7.5 million volumes and offer online access to data and documents. Extensive computing facilities are available at both the college and university levels. Doctoral students in the college have their own computing lab in the building, as well as access to several specialized computer labs in the college (geographic information systems/spatial analysis; building and environmental technology; high-end digital output; and other capabilities). In addition, students can access an array of university-wide computing facilities both in the building (including an instructional computing facility) and numerous labs across campus. Doctoral students also have access to the research and testing facilities of Taubman College. Doctoral students participate regularly in sponsored research projects directed by Urban and Regional Planning faculty.

The Urban and Regional Research Collaborative (U.R.R.C.) is the umbrella organization for research of the Urban and Regional Planning faculty and students, as well as others in Taubman College interested in urban and regional issues. The U.R.R.C. provides space for student research assistants on funded and unfunded research projects, together with computer facilities. The U.R.R.C. sponsors a monthly seminar series highlighting the research of Taubman College faculty, students, and visitors and provides a vehicle for collaborative research and venue for developing external funding.

Other research units on campus also provide specialized laboratory facilities, exposure to a broad range of research, and possibilities for field experience. Among the resources most commonly identified with Urban and Regional Planning doctoral student interests are the Institute for Social Research, the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, the Population Studies Center, the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research, UM Transportation Research Institute (U.M.T.R.I.), Institute for Labor and Industrial Relations (I.L.I.R.), the U-M Medical Center, and the National Poverty Center.