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To develop and implement a research agenda and a knowledge base at the forefront of urban soils research.

Urban soils have been described as a “black box” – a poorly understood field of research that until recently, has been avoided for a number of factors, such as the complexity of soil in general, high level of variation due to anthropogenic activity which, through soil modification, increases the level of complexity by at least an order of magnitude, and difficulty of performing large scale analyses on due to interference with urban structures. Just because something is difficult to understand does not mean that it should not be understood, after all, theoretical physics was difficult to understand for 19th century physicists, yet here we are today constructing particle accelerators.

Our research division seeks to be an active research platform that puts the Urban Soils Institute at the forefront of progressive sustainable resource management and conservation in the City.. We partner soil scientists to conduct research, partner with soil researchers in other organizations, and include soil scientists in our decision making processes with regard to our direction and mission. Our commitment to education goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to research.

Collaborative Research Network: At the 2nd annual symposium in 2017, we coordinated and established the Collaborative Research Network (CRN) for the USI. These partners are academics, practitioners, professionals in law, economics, policy, government, community reps. The USI develops a research agenda based on the needs in science and needs solicited from diverse audiences at the symposium. The CRN evaluate the research agenda and partners on projects within their expertise. They collaborate on research, developing and peer-reviewing resources.