The 21st Century Cities Initiative will lead Johns Hopkins University to become a premier hub of innovative, interdisciplinary research that transforms academic research and creates the basis for policies that enact measurable change for equitable development in Baltimore and urban regions throughout the world. 


We seek to build one of the world’s largest bodies of research on urban experiences by integrating the world-renowned research expertise across the nine divisions of Johns Hopkins University and through deep, meaningful engagement with community collaborators to become a leading institute of urban research worldwide. 

Our largest contributions come through innovative, compassionate research in our own home of Baltimore, based on research both of our challenges and of our sources of strength and resilience. We build cutting-edge research programs based on the need for knowledge among community partners and develop partnerships to translate that research to apply what we learn to support and improve communities in Baltimore and throughout the world. 

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