The Center for Urban Studies

The Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University founded and houses the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Project at it’s offices in Midtown Detroit.


The mission of Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies is to improve understanding of and provide innovative responses to urban challenges and opportunities. Committed to serving Detroit and its metropolitan area, the Center pursues its mission by conducting and disseminating research, developing policies and programs, and providing training, capacity-building, and technical assistance.

The Center participates in defining and influencing local, regional, state and national urban policy. It engages community, government, institutions, and policymakers in collaboration with university faculty and resources to transform knowledge into action.


For more than 30 years, the Center for Urban Studies has been engaged in cutting-edge social science research and service. Often, the Center collaborates with WSU faculty to combine their substantive expertise with the methodological skills of Center staff. They also work closely with community organizations and local governments to answer key questions about the metropolitan area and about policy or organizational issues. Center staff are skilled in techniques of demographic analysis, mapping, evaluation, sample surveys, qualitative data collection and policy analysis. The Center holds expertise in community development, urban studies, demography, economic development, public safety, disabilities, and education.

Contact the Center:

Phone: (313) 577-2208

Fax: (313) 577-1274



Center for Urban Studies
5700 Cass, 2207 A/AB
Detroit, MI 48202