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Our Mandate

The Institute of Urban Studies acts as an innovative, non-partisan research and educational unit of the University of Winnipeg with an action-research orientation. Originally dedicated to addressing the problems and concerns of the inner city, the Institute’s research mandate has evolved to encompass the social, demographic, physical, economic, and environmental well-being of Canadian communities and cities.


  • to examine urban issues, especially those that impact marginalized or vulnerable communities;
  • to encourage, facilitate, and engage in multi-disciplinary research of an applied nature aimed at practical solutions to urban issues;
  • to conduct academic, public interest, and applied research with governments, community groups, and other stakeholders;
  • to promote and engage in formal and informal education and community outreach;
  • to maintain an active publication and communications program, including through its flagship scholarly journal, The Canadian Journal of Urban Research
  • to develop, maintain, and operate a physical and virtual lending library on urban studies;
  • to adopt an approach of respect and cultural humility in its work, and commit to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples; and,
  • to ensure its operations are in compliance with the policies and guidelines of the University of Winnipeg.

Affirmed: October 7, 2020