Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN)
The mission of the national Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN) is “to create a community of scholars and change-makers who engage and explore big questions now emerging in cities the future of governance and democracy, the role of markets, stewardship of nature and the environment, and the role of race and identity in constructing communities, to name a few — and break through the barriers that have stymied collaborative problem solving.”
Under the initiative and direction of Paige M. Bray, associate professor of early childhood education and the director of ITR’s Center for Learning and Professional Education, the Hartford URBAN node offers the opportunity to expand connections within academic and community-based arenas for collaborative purposes. Establishing a formal link between URBAN and the ITR further vitalizes ENHP’s existing interdisciplinary research efforts by
bringing regional and national URBAN network insights to established relationships between community members, university researchers, and philanthropic organizations;
expanding the capacity for mentoring and supporting faculty members who are new to the academy or to community-based scholarship;
supporting ongoing public dissemination of community-engaged participatory research which presents translational, practical outcomes; and
facilitating dialogues about ethical engagement and social justice issues through regional forums offered by the ITR Center for Learning and Professional Education.