Planning and Urban Studies

Katrina@10: Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later

This semester, the Department of Planning and Urban Studies in partnership with other UNO departments and institutes will host a series of events to learn about and reflect on New Orleans 10 years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. More information coming soon.

PHD in Urban Studies

Historic New Orleans, an ideal place to learn about historic preservation and restoration, becomes a living laboratory for anyone studying Planning and Urban Studies at UNO. Our hands-on program encourages students to get involved in the community and to gain skills that will aid them in the field to effect local change.

Department of Planning and Urban Studies (PLUS)

The Planning and Urban Studies (PLUS) Department at UNO prepares students for the challenge of shaping urban and regional change locally, throughout the country and around the globe. PLUS is where art and science converge as we teach urban design, scientific research and public policy.

The department fulfills the university-wide mission to improve the quality of life throughout the New Orleans region. Our faculty works with federal, state, and local governments, non profits and businesses. We are involved in local issues such as neighborhood revitalization,transportation, cultural preservation, affordable housing, and environmental planning. We actively seek to balance historic preservation with growth and change.

We are professional planners, GIS specialists, economic developers, preservationists and environmentalists working in a truly multidisciplinary department.

Becker Transportation Institute

Becker Transportation Institute
The Merritt C. Becker, Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute

The Merritt C. Becker, Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute (UNOTI) focuses on the role of transportation in creating a sustainable, livable and resilient future.

UNOTI combines applied research, outreach and education to impact positively the transportation field from the local to the international spheres. The work done at the Institute continues to be integral in the post-Katrina recovery of New Orleans, and vital to the overall sustainability and economic competitiveness of the nation.

Planning and Urban Studies at UNO

John Renne, director of the Merritt Becker Transportation Institute and Associate Professor, explains the advantages of studying planning and urban studies at UNO.

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