Partners in Municipal Research

Through the Partners in Municipal Research program, the Center for Municipal Research & Innovation serves as a link between Florida's public policy researchers and municipal governments, bridging the gap between academics and public policy makers and administrators. The researchers and research institutes listed below are participants in the Partners in Municipal Research Program. More information on their research can be obtained by clicking on links provided or by contacting CMRI staff

Division of Research
Florida Atlantic University 
Contact: Rhys L. Williams, JD MBA
901 NW 35th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Research Focus: university-based business incubators, accelerators and co-working facilities; university-municipal-corporate research collaborations; university-affiliated research parks; industry/sector clusters and zones

I-SENSE (Institute for Sensing & Embedded Network Systems Engineering)
Florida Atlantic University
Contacts: Jason Hallstrom, Director; Andrea Gonzalez; Jiannan Zhai, MaryJo Jackson
777 Glades Road, EE-96 #324, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Research Focus: smart cities; e-government; Internet of Things; secure autonomy; municipal applications of sensing, smart systems and data analysis

School of Public Administration
Florida Atlantic University 
Contact: Clifford McCue, PhD
777 Glades Road, SO 202C, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Research Focus: budgeting, finance, key focal area in purchasing
Department of Public Affairs
Florida Gulf Coast University 
Contact: Robert (Bob) E. Lee, DPA, ICMA-CM
10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, FL 33965
Research Focus:  local government management and services
Metropolitan Center
Florida International University 
Contact: Maria Ilcheva, PhD
1101 Brickell Avenue, Suite S-206, Miami, FL 33131
Research Focus: economic development, citizen participation, public opinion, human capital development and capacity building
Public Administration Department
Florida International University
Contact: Hai (David) Guo, PhD
11120 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199
Research Focus: state and local government public budgeting and financial management
Florida Resources & Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC)
Florida State University
Contact: Georgianna Strode; Stephen Hodge
UCC 6140, FSU, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Research Focus: Geographic Information System (GIS); census data/population mapping/cadastral data; grid-based mapping/modeling
Jerry Collins Local Governance Research Laboratory, Askew School of Public Administration
Florida State University
Contact: Dr. Richard Feiock
647 Bellamy Building, 113 Collegiate Loop, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Research Focus: energy efficiency and conservation, sustainability and climate planning, regional partnerships and interlocal agreements, form of government and charter reform, economic development and land-use incorporation, annexation and consolidation 
LeRoy Collins Institute
Florida State University
Contact: Carol Weissert, PhD
506 W Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Research Focus: state and local governmental relationships, in-depth analysis of Florida tax and spending policy
Florida TaxWatch
Contact: Morgan McCord
106 N Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Research Focus: pension reform, government efficiency and bonding 
Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies
Georgia Southern University
Contact: Dr. P. Cary Christian; Dr. Trenton Davis
1360 Southern Drive, Carroll Building, Room 1068, Statesboro, GA 30460
Research Focus: innovation in local government finance and budgeting; impact of Great Recession on Florida and Georgia municipalities; local taxation issues; effectiveness of MPA programs in preparing students for work in local government

Keiser University
Contacts: Buzz Barak, PhD; Jennifer P. Peluso, PhD
2600 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Research Focus: environmental and natural resource economics; evaluation of environmental services, taxes, health and maximization of public utility; coastal management; economics of regulation; climate change economics; renewable energy economics

Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, School of Public Administration
University of Central Florida
Contact: Naim Kapucu, PhD
4364 Scorpius Street, Orlando, FL 32816
Research Focus: emergency management, network analysis, network governance, collaborative public management and method
Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, School of Public Administration
University of Central Florida
Contact: Staci M. Zavattaro, PhD
4364 Scorpius Street, Room 314, Orlando, FL 32816
Research Focus: place branding and marketing, social media, organizational communication
Doctoral Program, Public Affairs, College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
Contact: Richard Levey, AICP
611 Avalon Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32806
Research Focus: fiscal resiliency of local governments, local government policy and governance
John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government
University of Central Florida
Contact: Marilyn Crotty
12443 Research Parkway, Suite 402, Orlando, FL 32826
Research Focus: training and technical assistance to local governments, state agencies and nonprofit organizations

National Center for Integrated Coastal Research
University of Central Florida

Contact: Graham Worthy
4110 Libra Drive, Building 20, Room 302A, Orlando, FL 32816-2368
Research Focus: integrates science with societal needs to find solutions; evidence-based, whole-community approach to increase the resiliency and sustainability of coastal communities by bringing together biologists, engineers, emergency managers, policy people, biomedical researchers, economists and urban planners
Florida Resilient Communities Initiative
University of Florida
Contact: Jerry Murphy, JD, AICP, CFM
Dean's Office, College of Design, Construction & Planning
331 Architecture Building, PO Box 115701, Gainesville, FL 32611-5701
Research Focus: community resiliency (economic, environmental and social); resource efficiency; 21st century comprehensive plans, land development regulations and form-base codes; urban design; governmental responsibility; local government finance and accountability; planning commissioner training; effective citizen advocacy; community engagement and outreach; consensus building; community planning; community and neighborhood plans; traditional neighborhood planning; alternative transportation planning and research; transit-oriented planning; economic innovation; impact fees and infrastructure finance; community health and healthy community planning; antiquated subdivisions and platted lands issues; agricultural and rural lands; geographic information systems (GIS) assistance; aerial imaging, photography and videography; interlocal agreements for current, long-range and ongoing planning assistance; regional planning coordination 
Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
University of Florida
Contacts: Anne Ray, Bill O'Dell, Sherry Ahrentzen
PO Box 115703, 203 Rinker Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
Research Focus: housing with a focus on affordability in Florida, community development, housing/land use/transportation connections, GIS modeling, healthy homes and environmental quality, housing for seniors and persons with disabilities, local and county affordable housing data, and sustainable development
Political Science Department
University of Miami
Contact: Jennifer M. Connolly, PhD
1300 Campo Sano Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33124
Research Focus: principal-agent relationship between council and manager, city manager careers/turnover, technology in local government and contract management 

Political Science Department
University of Miami
Contact: Dr. Michael Touchton
1300 Campo Sano Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Research Focus: how communities around the country redevelop closed military bases; emphasizing governance throughout the redevelopment process to leverage existing inputs and local opportunities to improve outcomes

Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)
University of South Florida
Contact: Dennis Hinebaugh and Dr. Steve Polzin
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CUT100, Tampa, FL 33620-5375
Research Focus: transportation research center created under Florida Statute; Tier 1 USDOT University Transportation Center (National Center for Transit Research - NCTR); focus/topic areas include public transportation, freight, Intelligent Transportation Systems - ITS, vehicle automation, separate safety programs in traffic/pedestrian/bicycle/motorcycle/transit, Transportation Demand Management (TDM), corridor management
Department of Government & International Affairs
University of South Florida
Contact: Dr. Susan A. MacManus and Angela Crist, Executive Director, IOG at USF
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SOC 107, Tampa, FL 33620
Research Focus: intergovernmental relations, public opinion, voting issues and patterns, public policy trends

School of Public Affairs
University of South Florida

Contact: Stephen R. Neely
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SOC 107, Tampa, FL 33620
Research Focus: social media use in local government, public records compliance, and public affairs education; general interest in organizational theory and management

Water Institute
University of South Florida

Contact: Shawn Landry, Ph.D.
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, NES107, Tampa, FL 33620
Research Focus: Water resource management; GIS/GPS mapping and remote sensing; rapid bathymetric mapping (sonar); online decision support systems for TMDL, NPDES, stormwater management and environmental education (i.e., and; compliance with FDEP Impaired Waters Rule data management and STORET

University of Tampa
Contact: Robert Kerstein

400 4th Avenue South, #706, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Research Focus: economic development, tourism and affordable housing
Public Administration Program
University of West Florida

Contact: Dr. Haris Alibašić
11000 University Parkway, Building 85, Office 159, Pensacola, FL 32514
Research Focus: Sustainability and resilience; community resilience; climate preparedness; climate adaptation and mitigation; sustainability planning, measuring, tracking and reporting; public service ethics; economic development; performance measurement; sustainable energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy management