The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service professionals.
The Urban Affairs Association is dedicated to creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life. Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, the UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world. (Adopted March 12, 2010)
UAA is the successor organization to the Council of University Institutes for Urban Affairs, formed in Boston in 1969 by a group of directors of university urban programs. As urban affairs developed as a professional and academic field, the need for an organization that welcomed urban faculty, professionals, and students as well as urban program directors and deans became increasingly apparent. In recognition of this need, in 1981 the organization’s name was changed to the Urban Affairs Association. Today, UAA includes over 700 institutional, individual, and student members from colleges and universities throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.
The Urban Affairs Association holds a conference each spring in an urban center. Recent conferences have taken place in Montréal, Seattle, Baltimore, Chicago, Honolulu, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, San Antonio, Miami, and San Diego. Future conferences will occur in Washington D.C. (2022) and in Nashville, TN (2023).
These yearly conferences are an integral part of UAA’s efforts to increase knowledge about urban places and promote the development of research activities. They provide an excellent opportunity for members to exchange ideas, information, and experiences. The conference program features both topics of institutional concern and those related to urban issues. Although formal papers are presented, with selected papers published, the conference format also allows opportunities for informal activities designed to foster professional networking and open discussion.
In addition to the annual conference, UAA sponsors ongoing professional development opportunities; Upsilon Sigma: The Urban Studies Honor Society; and two peer-reviewed journals, the Journal of Urban Affairs and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City.
All UAA members receive the Journal of Urban Affairs and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City as part of their membership fee as well as discounted pricing for UAA professional development opportunities.
(adopted October 1, 2010)
(adopted July 23, 2018)
The mission of the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is as follows: The Urban Affairs Association is dedicated to creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life. Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, the UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world.
To sustain a space in which this mission can be fulfilled, all members of the Association, event participants, Association staff, and contracted vendors of the Association are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that affirms the worth, dignity, and respect of others present when at Association conferences or events. The following statements serve as a reminder of expected behavior and professional conduct at all Association events.
The Urban Affairs Association expects that all members, conference/event attendees, guests, and staff will:
Unacceptable behaviors at Urban Affairs Association gatherings include:
Application of the Code of Conduct
Each person who registers for a UAA event will be required to acknowledge and agree to abide by the Code of Conduct. If an individual is reported to be in violation of the Code, a formal investigation of alleged actions will be made by UAA. The alleged violator will be given an opportunity to give statements regarding any incident. Based on all statements and reports related to an alleged violation, UAA will determine if a violation has occurred. UAA reserves the right to take any and all appropriate actions to protect the safety and well-being of event participants.
Consequences of Violating the Code of Conduct
The Urban Affairs Association reserves the right to request that individuals who violate principles of the code of conduct leave the event. The Association also reserves the right to ban violators from future Association activities. At the discretion of the Association’s Executive Director in consultation with the Governing Board Chair, violations may be reported to local authorities or to the violator’s home institution.
Reporting and Accountability
Should you witness or experience behavior which runs counter to the principles in this code of conduct, please alert an Association staff member as soon as possible. In addition to contacting staff directly, an anonymous web form is available for reporting any issues of concern. Any information submitted via that form is only accessible by the Association’s Executive staff and Governing Board officers. If you observe any individual experiencing an immediate threat or assault, please contact the authorities directly, alert event security or staff, and alert Association staff.