Research and Impact

Areas of Impact

When it comes to doing public affairs research, it helps to be located at one of the country’s top research universities — within a progressive swing state and a diverse metro area. At the CU Denver School of Public Affairs, our faculty conduct research​ on crucial issues that affect the whole nation, such as criminal justice, education reform, fracking, legalized marijuana, urban sustainability and water policy.

Learn more about the impact of the School of Public Affairs community on the areas below, and view our faculty bios for more information on their specific areas of research.

Research Centers

The School of Public Affairs Institute serves as an intersection between the knowledge and experience of the school and our community partners. It supports our faculty and students in reaching outside the classroom to make real impacts on communities and helps infuse community expertise into the academic setting. The Institute is the hub for the research centers, leadership development programs and community events.

Visiting Scholars

The School of Public Affairs hosts visiting scholars for a periods ranging from six months to two years.

Learn about becoming a visiting scholar