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Senator Walter Rand Institute for
Public Affairs

Community-focused Research in and for Southern New Jersey

About Us

The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs (WRI) at Rutgers-Camden has been a long-standing and trusted regional community partner for over 20 years. WRI honors former Senator Rand’s dedication to Southern New Jersey and exists to produce and highlight community-focused research and evaluation leading to sound public policy and practice. With that as a foundation, WRI convenes and engages stakeholders in making the connections across research, policy, and practice in support of Camden City and Southern New Jersey residents. Using social science research methods, WRI specializes in transforming data into actionable information across a variety of areas, including workforce development, education, transportation, and public/population health. WRI reinforces and amplifies Rutgers’ research, teaching, and service goals by connecting the multidisciplinary expertise of faculty to regional problems, developing research and professional skills in students, and linking the resources of higher education to communities in Southern New Jersey. 

Latest Research and News

WRI Awarded Grant to Study Transportation Priorities in Camden County

WRI Releases New Report Outlining Transportation Access in South Jersey

WRI’s 20 Years of Influence in South Jersey: Rutgers Magazine Feature

Our Work

Community-Facing Research in and for Southern New Jersey

Teaching and Training the Next Generation of Social Science Researchers

Linking Rutgers University–Camden to Regional Issues

Our Impact

in the last five years: