Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth


atlanta metro growth center

Deliberate, flexible, interdisciplinary planning helps urban centers thrive. Lawyers are central to this process, crafting workable laws and regulations alongside land-use planners, business leaders and engineers. The Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth advances interdisciplinary dialogue and research on urban growth and management issues.

The center takes advantage of Georgia State’s location in Atlanta, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing metropolitan areas. This prime location offers students an opportunity to explore the myriad issues affecting urban areas, and experience first-hand the legislative, regulatory and judicial actions affecting planning and growth management.

Through the Urban Fellows Program, study abroad opportunities and the foreign enrichment course – International Perspectives on Urban Law & Policy –  students involved in the center’s programs are ready to be leaders.

In addition to student-oriented programs, the center offers several opportunities for professional development including an annual international, weeklong workshop called Study Space, and regular conferences and lectures on urban, environmental and growth management topics.

The Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth advances interdisciplinary dialogue, academic exchanges, and research related to challenges facing the physical and built environment in Atlanta and around the world
The center achieves its mission by sponsoring the Urban Fellows Program, the summer legal and policy study, foreign enrichment courses, and Study Space workshop. Additionally, the center organizes and sponsors symposia and speakers on urban and growth management issues.

The Metro Growth Center takes advantage of the fact that Georgia State University is in Atlanta, one of the nation's fastest growing cities. This prime location offers students an opportunity to explore the myriad issues affecting urban areas, and experience firsthand the legislative and judicial actions affecting planning and growth management. Students involved in the Metro Growth Center's programs are ready to serve as leaders in the law and regulation of the built and physical environment.

Behind Our Name

Comparative Study
The center takes a comprehensive approach to studying urban and growth management issues by comparing, learning from and improving upon experiences in other countries. According to the United Nations, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in and around cities, yet the problems of growth are often studied in isolation. The center seeks to fill this void.

Metropolitan Growth
The center’s focus extends well beyond the urban core to include all of the areas that comprise today’s urban landscape: suburbs, suburbanizing fringe, “edge” and satellite cities.

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Twenty Nine Students Receive Urban Fellows Certificates
Published May 1, 2018 in College of Law
Georgia State University College of Law’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth awarded certificates to twenty nine Urban Fellows for successfully completing the program this year. Urban Fellows students are selected through a competitive...
preLaw Magazine Ranks Georgia State Law Among the Best Schools for Environmental Law and Intellectual Property Law
Published March 26, 2018 in News Hub
Georgia State University College of Law’s programs in environmental law and intellectual property law were highlighted by preLaw Magazine as among the best in the country. The college’s new law building also was ranked No. 15 for law facilities.
Visiting Professor Jack Tsen-Ta Lee to Lecture on Monday, March 5
Published March 2, 2018 in News Hub
Jack Tsen-Ta Lee, the deputy research director of the Singapore Academy of Law and president of the Singapore Heritage Society, will present “Sense of Place: The Intersection between Built Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Singapore” at noon Monday, March 5 , in Room 342.
Readership map for Metro Growth journal
Attracting Global Readership: Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy Read in 116 Countries
Published February 23, 2018 in College of Law
In less than a year, the Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy, which is published by Georgia State Law’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, has developed a readership that spans 116 countries. Launched in May 2017, the journal is an open...