Executive Director’s Message


The Mississippi Urban Research Center (MURC), an entity of Jackson State University (JSU), is located in the capital city of Jackson, Mississippi. MURC operates under the auspices of the JSU College of Public Service. 

Using multidisciplinary approaches and diverse research methods, MURC provides a structure and setting for conducting research, analyzing public policies and managing research data. MURC serves as a clearinghouse for dissemination of research data on pressing urban life issues, and examines and analyzes these data to make projections regarding policies and initiatives which impact urban life. Relevant data are provided to policymakers, urban planners, service providers, educators and community leaders. Additionally, MURC develops and offers instructional programs, forums, conferences and workshops.

Our vision is for the Mississippi Urban Research Center to become a premier center for urban research and service. And, MURC's past provides a firm foundation for progress towards this vision. MURC collaborated with the Mississippi Office of the Attorney General to implement Project Safe Neighborhoods, conducted studies, which identified predictors of crime, investigated detracted driving, documented Jackson residents’ perceptions and attitudes regarding quality of life, improvement in the standard of living, trust in the criminal justice system, and whether Jackson is going in the right direction.  MURC also established a U. S. Census Information Center.  

MURC has collaborated with research faculty members at Jackson State University, Brown University, the University of California at Los Angeles, The University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State University, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Tulane University, and The RAND, Inc.  Furthermore, our peer-reviewed Journal, Online Journal of Rural and Urban Research, features interesting, educational and thought-provoking original research articles and commentaries on a variety of today’s major urban and rural issues. I invite you to view the OJRUR at http://jsumurc.org/ojs. Excitement is high; morale is excellent; competence is second to none; and commitment is unbelievable. We are working for a new day!