The University of North Texas is an emerging research university that is situated in the fourth-largest metropolitan environment in the U.S. The Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton area's recent upsurge and diversification in population provides faculty and students from our graduate-level programs in Design with Concentrations in Innovation Studies a rich variety of opportunities to pursue applied research.

In short, the richness inherent in the social, cultural, political, economic and ecological landscape that surrounds us creates an incredibly compelling contextual arena within which to formulate and operate our research projects.

Working in this area compels us to be ever mindful that our greatest responsibilities as researchers are "to identify and help resolve real problems, for real people, in the real world."

To learn more about how we structure our work with specific research partners, contact Professor Keith Owens ( or Professor Michael Gibson (

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