About Us

What we do
We collaborate to create innovative place-based solutions that lead to healthier and more resilient communities.

How we do it
We create actionable information, develop creative collaborations, do place-based research, and employ technology effectively to enhance the capacity of communities to respond meaningfully to change.

More about us
As a self-funded research unit of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, our approach is practical, applied, and entrepreneurial. We work collaboratively and often serve as the nexus among diverse community-based organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, arts and cultural organizations, businesses, charitable endowments, and faith-based organizations. We are committed to linking university and community expertise and to the smart use of advanced technologies to help solve problems and help communities take advantage of opportunities.

Geospatial technologies, especially GIS, are our preferred technical tools because of their unique ability to integrate and visualize information by location. We use these tools to develop and analyze data for communities and then involve local experts in helping to understand what the results mean. In doing so, we help communities for more productive decision-making.

In all of the sectors in which we work, we have earned a national reputation as a dynamic urban-centered, learning environment with highly professional staff who excel in partnerships, real-world applications, and winning solutions for the communities.

For further reading, our general information flyers and research PowerPoint PDF below offer further highlights:

General Overview of Polis Center










Polis Research Overview

Health Geoinformatics General Overview










Geoinformatics General Overview










Polis Research PPT Presentation 10.18.18