Sarah J. Murray is the Planning Program Manager at the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands in the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University.
Murray approaches planning from the perspective that public spaces impact the quality of life for those who interact with them. Her qualitative research has included studying food security in East Africa and Cambodia, redeveloping historically industrial sites in Germany, and zoning and density challenges in Greece. For her master’s thesis research she interviewed women in Tanzanian markets, seeking to understand how population mobility and climate change impacted their livelihoods and household well-being.
Murray holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Global and International Studies from Western Michigan University, a Bachelor’s Degree in French from Western Michigan University, and a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University.
- Population Growth, Climate Change and Pressure on the Land - Eastern and Southern Africa Messina, J., Adhikari, U., Carroll, J. Chikowo, R., DeVisser, M., Dodge, L., Fan, P., Langley, S., Lin, S., Mensope, N., Moore, N., Murray, S., Nawyn, S., Nejadhashemi, A., Olson, J., Smith, A., Snapp, S. 2014. Population Growth, Climate Change and Pressure on the Land - Eastern and Southern Africa. 99 pp.
- Food System Resilience and Sustainability in Cambodia Messina, J.P. Suepa, T., Snapp, S., Olson, J.M., Nejadhasemi, A.P., Murray, S., Moore, N., Frake, A.N., Fan, P., and U. Adhikari. 2017. Food System Resilience and Sustainability in Cambodia. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. 8:3 Note 4.
Awards and Honors
- Western Michigan University Department of World Languages and Literatures Alumni Achievement Award, 2018
- American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Planning Student Award, 2015
- Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for Swahili awarded through the MSU Center for Advanced Study of International Development (Summer 2014) and African Studies Center (Academic Year 2014–15).
- Environmental Science and Policy Program Fellow Research Symposium Organizing Committee, Fall 2014.