The Metropolitan Institute fosters research spanning the wide spectrum of faculty expertise at the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. Our work is inter-disciplinary. Our research program goals revolve around the analysis of the complex dynamics of urbanization and the concrete applicable information needed to improve the design, planning, and development of metropolitan spaces. The Metropolitan Institute can visualize, analyze, interpret, and employ information to solving complex problems. We celebrate the use of a wide assortment of research methodologies and theoretical perspectives. Our work contributes not only to the advancement of knowledge but also places great emphasis on advancing the practice of governance, design, and planning.