Global Metropolitan Studies is a field of study that addresses major transformations in cities around the world, and seeks to change how we study cities. The urban challenges we confront–from climate change, to entrenched patterns of segregation, to new configurations of politics and social movements, to infrastructure design and resilience–warrant a fundamental rethinking of inherited disciplinary silos. Global Metropolitan Studies is a community of scholars across disciplines at Berkeley that investigates the challenges and politics of urbanization.  Our designated emphasis program prepares students to enter interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as to identify approaches from other disciplines that will enrich the study of the global-metropolitan from within their own discipline.

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