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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

Urban + Regional Planning

Our students build a strong foundation in public action, political context, and the social and economic implications of urban planning. They understand the role of ‘place’ in creating policy and recognize the diverse systems that interact to create urban and regional environments.


New methodologies for measuring bicycle traffic

Watch this video to learn how Humphrey School students and faculty are working with governmental partners to establish new methods for measuring bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

University-community collaboration to advance sustainability

As an increasing number of communities and universities work to advance the priorities of sustainability and resilience, their collaboration can yield wide-ranging benefits. Learn more about the Resilient Communities Project (RCP)—a new and innovative model of education and community engagement intended to build long-term capacity to produce sustainable solutions and resilient institutions... (more)

Research Centers

The State and Local Policy Program engages in research and public education in the broad policy areas of transportation and economic development. Recent activity includes work on value pricing, rural vitality, knowledge clusters, corridor design, rural safety, and transportation technology.

The Project on Regional and Industrial Economics conducts research of planning and public policy interest on urban/regional economic development, specializing in occupational and industry structure. Its current projects explore the arts and cultural sector, using mixed methods to study artists, arts organizations, cultural industries and creative placemaking, disseminating results through scholarly publications, public speaking, the press, and person-to-person outreach to parties directly engaged in policymaking.


Related Academic Programs
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
Mid-career Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)

Faculty Experts
Assistant Professor Ryan Allen
Professor Ragui Assaad
Professor Emeritus Richard Bolan
Professor John M. Bryson      
Associate Professor Jason Cao
Assistant Professor Yingling Fan
Professor Edward G. Goetz
Professor Greg Lindsey
Professor Emerita Ann Markusen
Senior Fellow Lee W. Munnich, Jr.
Professor Samuel L. Myers, Jr.
Assistant Professor Kathy Quick
Associate Professor Carissa Schively Slotterback



Picture of Hubert Humphrey

“The character of our civilization must be judged by the quality of life in our cities. It is in our cities that American democracy will succeed or fail.”

-Hubert Humphrey, July 31, 1967