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Imagining Better Communities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a leader among planning schools with world-class faculty and high-impact research. Located in the booming Research Triangle, Carolina Planning is an epicenter of collaboration and innovation in the economic, housing, community development, transportation, land use and environmental planning that shapes our cities and regions of the world.


A two-year professional program that teaches the theory, skills, and decision-making techniques needed for positions of leadership in the planning profession.


An advanced academic degree that prepares students for a career in teaching and applied research at universities, governments, and other organizations.


A minor in Urban Studies and Planning that allows undergraduates to explore urban and regional issues through a planning framework.

5th among Graduate Planning Programs

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Engaged Social Science

DCRP faculty member Todd BenDor

A massive infrastructure push wouldn’t merely put Americans back to work, but if implemented correctly could also clean up the … Continued

DCRP faculty member Meenu Tewari

A resilient recovery cannot be about a return to status quo. We have an opportunity to build a more just … Continued

Roberto Quarcia

Roberto G. Quercia has stepped down as the director of UNC Center for Community Capital (CCC) after leading the organization … Continued

Diversity & Inclusion

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“We’re Everywhere!”: The Social, Political and Economic Life of LGBTQ+ Communities.

Dr. Danielle Spurlock

Be transparent about the flow of information AND don’t ignore power and history.

Dr. Mai Nguyen

“In the Shadows of Ferguson” personifies the socio-historical-political processes that institutionalized racism and inequality.

Training next generation planners

Siri Nallaparaju

Siri’s research focuses on ensuring better land use planning & management of coastal cities through nature-based climatic solutions.

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Our student ITE Chapter welcomes anyone who works to improve livable communities.

Anna Jane Jones

On-the-job training for postgraduate students in coastal resource management and policy.

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