Our department is affiliated with world-class research institutes. From development on Cooper Street to regional challenges, neighborhood effects to community leadership, these institutes conduct prominent research on local and regional public policy.
The Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) promotes national research on urban issues while training the next generation of urban scholars. Through its research and partnerships, the center creates innovative solutions that promote equity and opportunity in communities throughout the nation. CURE seeks to increase the understanding of cities through cross-disciplinary research, instruction and civic engagement and by providing links to regional, national and international networks in pursuit of new ideas and approaches that address urban issues.
The Community Leadership Center (CLC) is a service and research center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Camden Campus. The Center was created in 1990 by Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, a Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Public Policy & Administration at Rutgers, in order to help revitalize the nation’s second poorest city. Its mission is to provide new organizational environments and strategies in order to build urban communities; it also seeks to strengthen partnerships between community stakeholders and to develop new knowledge and strategic approaches to meet the changing needs of urban communities.
The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs (WRI) addresses public policy issues impacting Southern New Jersey, through applied research, community engagement, and organizational development. The WRI was established in 1999 to honor the legacy of Senator Walter Rand and his tireless efforts to increase resources for Southern New Jersey. In addition to the diverse expertise areas of WRI staff, the Institute utilizes the academic, programmatic and facility resources of Rutgers University. WRI engages public, government, non-profit and community stakeholders in addressing regional challenges.