Arizona State University

Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs is housed in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. The mission of the School is to advance excellence in governance by creating, sharing, and applying knowledge of public administration. In support of this mission, the School is committed to enabling students to analyze public problems, communicate, collaborate, make decisions, and manage public institutions effectively, ethically, and democratically; teaching and providing continuing education at times and locations appropriate for working students and practitioners; identifying emerging public issues, applying research to public programs, disseminating information, and proposing solutions to public problems; assisting public, private, and nonprofit organizations; facilitating community discourse on public issues; contributing to public affairs scholarship; and fostering the next generation of public affairs scholars.


The Center for Urban Innovation serves as ASU’s focal point for research on urban affairs and is part of the College and School. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods, cities and urban regions by promoting innovation in governance, policy, and management. The Center undertakes basic and applied research published in books, journal articles, research reports, and public testimony. We provide training and development activities for local government officials. While the Center has a special interest in Arizona and the Phoenix region, its research and outreach has global impact through innovative education and training, critical research and community involvement in cities around the world.