The Centre for Urban Research and Education (CURE) is a multi-disciplinary network of researchers, primarily from Carleton University, who share an interest and commitment to strengthening municipal and urban affairs. With diverse experience, expertise and perspectives, the CURE network carries out collaborative research in areas including community governance, citizen engagement and local capacity building around planning for infrastructure to support social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Areas of expertise

  • Infrastructures and funding
  • Housing
  • Transportation and public transit
  • Innovation
  • Local governance and citizen engagement

About CURE’s Research

Formed in 2004, the Centre for Urban Research and Education was established to facilitate individual and group research and education activities in urban public policy and management. Housed in the Faculty of Public Affairs, it brings together faculty members from the following units:

It also incorporates existing research units, notably the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3CI). It collaborates with 1125 @ Carleton Social Innovation Hub and the Centre for Governance and Public Management.

CURE is designed as a research network that draws on the strength of existing units at Carleton University, and at the University of Ottawa.

Vision and Goals

Vision: We are committed to strengthening governance, policy making, and management in urban areas through collaborative research, community engagement, and education.


  • Build a network of local, national, and international researchers and practitioners interested in urban and municipal issues, who support the Centre and participate in its programs.
  • Conduct and facilitate collaborative research which addresses urban priorities and issues.
  • Share and provide opportunities for sharing research, knowledge, resources and information, among organizations, communities and students interested in urban and municipal issues.