All social problems occur somewhere. All social services are designed to serve some (often disadvantaged) population. All policies are implemented and analyzed within some place and time.

Our overarching mission is to analyze social problems and their spatial aspects so that we can identify disparities across localities due to lack of social services, land use and transportation patterns, and differentially applied social policies.

By putting “location” or “place” at the forefront of studies of social problems, policies, and communities, we have the unique opportunity to advance thinking about problems and policies in a way that opens the doors for innovative interventions to solve some of the most complex problems facing society today.