The Urban Unit is a multi-disciplinary organization centered upon systematic development of urban areas through a shared data repository, international and local collaboration with research centers and international donor agencies. The unit facilitates government-run agencies, private entities and donor agencies in the areas of land use planning, solid waste management, water supply & sanitation, urban transport and municipal finance, along with cross-cutting themes like geographic information system (GIS), environment and urban economics. It offers free-of-cost technical assistance and research facility to provincial and local governments on urban management projects. .

To encourage innovative research and policy analysis on urban issues in Pakistan, the Urban Unit launched their research publication, Pakistan Journal of Urban Affairs. The journal is expected to bridge the gap between academic research and public and private urban sector professionals and organizations.