The Center for South Asia Studies (CSAS) supports teaching, research, and outreach activities relating to South Asia at UC Berkeley. The only US Department of Education-funded National Resource Center for South Asia in California, CSAS is committed to enhancing knowledge of the region among students, academics, and the public at large. UC Berkeley has been a premier site for the study of South Asia in general, and India in particular, for the past century (Sanskrit courses date back to 1906). With over 40 faculty members conducting research in the area of South Asia studies, Berkeley offers 85 to 120 courses with significant India content every semester, and instruction in over six Indian languages. The University of California, Berkeley, is recognized as one of the top universities in the United States and was recently ranked as the second greatest university in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement.
The 21st century will be an urban century with more people around the world residing in metropolitan regions than in any other form of human settlement. This urbanization is taking place in both the global North and the global South. Its implications are widespread: from environmental challenges to entrenched patterns of segregation to new configurations of politics and social movements. The Global Metropolitan Studies Initiative is concerned with this urban condition. Bringing together numerous faculty, this multidisciplinary endeavor supports research and houses graduate and undergraduate curricula. It is one of a handful of “strategic” initiatives selected by the UC Berkeley campus to mark a new generation of scholarship and to consolidate an emerging academic field.
Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS) is co-directed by two faculty members from among the faculty affiliates. The directorship rotates every two to three years. The current co-directors are Ananya Roy (City and Regional Planning) and Richard Walker (Geography).
Policy direction for GMS is established by a broad-based steering committee. In addition, the deans representing the founding departments of GMS (City and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Political Science, Geography, and Civil and Environmental Engineering) and the director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, the host research unit, are invited to participate in GMS ex-officio. Additional faculty members serve on search committees and educational program committees. See our Governance page for details.
The mission of the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics (FCREUE) is to educate students and real estate professionals and to support and conduct research on real estate, urban economics, the California economy, land use, and public policy.
FCREUE is many things to many people.
FCREUE recognizes each relationship adds value to the others, and is critically important to fulfilling the Center's mission.