Investigate Boise is a place-based approach to urban studies that fosters civic engagement and promotes scholarly research on municipal issues of vital concern. Located at the Center on Main at 1020 Main Street in downtown Boise, the program includes summer classes, year ‘round workshops, and a student research series.
Investigate Boise Field School Focuses on Local Food - Investigate Boise provides a unique opportunity for students to experience place-based education in a holistic approach to urban studies that fosters civic engagement. Site specific and experiential, it thrives on the pulse of the city, moving college beyond the classroom and keeping the learning pragmatic and real.
The College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs offers three cross-disciplinary classes concerning the future-past of the City of Trees. Boise Part One, held in the last week of June, focuses on the vexing issues of urban renewal. Boise Part Two, held in the second full week of July, explores the dynamics of valley-wide suburbanization. Boise Part Three, held during the winter intersession, concerns the environmental challenge of sustainable growth.
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Boise City Workshops
The College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs offers a series of one-credit pass/not pass workshops on Boise topics. Most of the workshops are companion to the free public lectures at the Fettuccine Forum on First Thursdays in Boise’s downtown.
Investigate Boise Student Research Series
Annually the SSPA college publishes a theme-based illustrated anthology of research papers from the summer field school. Hard copies can be purchased at Boise State Publications or at the Center on Main downtown.
Making Livable Places
Transportation, Preservation, and the Limits of Growth (2010). (pdf)
Density and Sprawl in the Boise Valley (2011). (pdf)
Down and Out in Ada County
Coping with the Great Recession, 2008-2012