Center for Urban Policy Research


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For four decades, the Center for Urban Policy Research has served the nation with basic and applied research on a broad spectrum of public policy issues. CUPR, a component of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, is nationally and internationally recognized for its research on affordable housing, land use policy, environmental impact analysis, state planning, public finance, land development practice, historic preservation, infrastructure assessment, development impact analysis, the costs of sprawl, transportation information systems, environmental impacts, and community economic development. As a full-time academic research institution, CUPR has developed a wide array of fiscal, environmental, transportation, and quality of life impact models that have been used in major public policy evaluations throughout the United States.

Housed within the center is CUPR Press, one of the nation's premier publishers in the field of city and regional planning. (CUPR Press is now joined with Transaction Publishers.) Also housed there is R/ECON, a quarterly economic forecasting service for the state; the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute (NJPPRI), a research center specializing in policy for and about the African-American community; and the Community Development Institute (CDI), a training institute for community development professionals.

The Center's multidisciplinary faculty and staff have backgrounds in city and regional planning, economics, public administration, regional science, sociology, urban geography, computer programming, geographic information systems, and statistics. They have testified as expert witnesses before all branches of the federal government as well as state and local governments.

Since its founding, the Center has completed more than $40 million in sponsored research for federal agencies, major private foundations, state and local government agencies in New Jersey, and a score of other states and private funders.

Federal sponsors of recent CUPR research include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Economic Development Administration, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. Major foundations funding CUPR research include Ford, McKnight, Fannie Mae, Pew, and the Twentieth Century (now the Century Foundation). In New Jersey, CUPR has completed research for the departments of Community Affairs, Environmental Protection, and Human Services, as well as for the Council on Affordable Housing and the Office of State Planning. State and local government agencies from Florida to California have also sponsored CUPR research. Private funders include Johnson & Johnson, the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Corporation, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas, Inc., The Brookings Institution, Fannie Mae, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
33 Livingston Avenue
Civic Square—Suite 400
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1982
Tel: 848-932-2375
Fax: 732-932-2363
Fax: 732-932-9983 (CUPR Press Only)