Princeton University closes New Jersey research institute

    The university’s Policy Research Institute for the Region (PRIOR) is set to close next month.

    By Karen Blyton

    Princeton University is discontinuing an influential institute.

    The university’s Policy Research Institute for the Region (PRIOR) is set to close next month.

    PRIOR has worked with New Jersey Future on events concerning smart growth for seven years.

    New Jersey Future is a nonprofit that focuses on land use.

    The Executive Director, Peter Kasabach, says PRIOR’s closing will be a great loss to the region.

    “We do our own research and we advocate for recommendations and policy changes,” says Kasabch, “but having PRIOR there, it opened up a whole other set of doors into academia for additional research, additional researchers.”

    The role of the institute will be absorbed by the Office of External Affairs at the university’s Woodrow Wilson School.

    The university says it will save $400,000 by closing PRIOR.

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