The Iowa Project on Place Studies fosters teaching and research in
• the concept of place,
• the interconnections between places across the globe,
• and local, state, and regional studies.
IPOPS also engages in community partnership
activities that promote place.
"Place studies" is an emerging interdisciplinary
area recognizing the centrality of natural, built, social, and cultural environments
in the formation of individual, group, and communal identity, as well
as the ways in which human beings interact with the world. Although “place” is
grounded in local geography, it is also the ground from which humans
connect with virtually everything else. Understanding one’s
place, then, involves understanding global ecosystems and economics
just as much as the local landscape, community history, and regional
The Iowa Project on Place Studies was founded at
The University of Iowa in 2002. For further information on
IPOPS, contact Thomas K. Dean, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 319-335-1995.