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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 a center 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.

MASTER’S PROGRAM

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

PHD PROGRAM

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

UNDERGRADUATE MINOR

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


In new study, “Electric bicycles and cargo bikes—Tools for parents to keep on biking in auto-centric communities? Findings from a … Continued

Nichola Lowe

An argument for reimagining skill in a way that can extend economic opportunity to workers at the bottom of the … Continued


Freshwater resources contribute to agriculture, electricity production, and industrial economic growth around the world. In a new study, DCRP’s Dale Whittington and co-authors … Continued

Diversity & Inclusion

DCRP faculty member Danielle Spurlock

The FES program brings together selected faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to … Continued

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


Dear Carolina Community: Knowledge creation calls for space and security to look beyond established ideas toward newer thought, innovations and … Continued

Training next generation planners


Receiving STRIDE funds helps with cost of living and reducing debt.


Introduction During the first two weeks of November, the 26th annual UN Conference of Parties (COP26) took place in Glasgow … Continued


Hazards are complex problems, at times with overlapping events.

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