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Institute for Urban Research

IUR Story

Community-based organizations, community development corporations and nonprofit organizations face the same concerns as local governments and public agencies. They often try to undertake development projects with limited funds and staff and a lack of information. Morgan State University has a long history of direct involvement in helping to solve the complex problems in the urban ecosystem.

The IUR was established in 1978, under the provisions of the Maryland State Legislature to operate as a component of the Graduate Studies program. For over 40 years, the Institute has engaged in many research, training and community service activities - internationally, nationally, and locally. The IUR has also played an essential role in growing research talent through the employment of undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines - architecture, demography, city and regional planning, education, history, law, public administration, social work, sociology and transportation studies.

To learn more about the IUR story, click the video above to watch an interview with the Institute's Director, Dr. Raymond Winbush.