Centers & Institutes



CUPA's 16 Centers and Institutes effectively serve as the bridge between our college and the community. They provide ways for our faculty and student scholars to share their research in ways that benefit others and improve the livability of our region.  

Our centers and institutes complement our academic programs and promote applied research and scholarship, community engagement, and public service. Our centers and institutes are also strengthened by collaborations across disciplines and partnerships with other university departments. They provide vital services to community partners—from generating a report for a local nonprofit to forecasting population growth for a rural town in Eastern Oregon. Focusing on applied research and service to the community, the work they perform reflects Portland State's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City." Visit individual center and institute websites below.

Center for Public Service

Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies

Center for Turkish Studies

Institute on Aging

Center for Urban Studies

Middle East Studies Center

Center for Women’s Leadership

National Policy Consensus Center

Community Environmental Services

The Nonprofit Institute

Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute

Northwest Economic Research Center

Institute for Economics and the Environment

Population Research Center

Institute for Tribal Government

Senior Adult Learning Center