Miami Urban Future Initiative Welcomes Inaugural Research Fellows Cohort


CARTA’s Miami Urban Future Initiative (CARTA | MUFI) welcomes the inaugural cohort of research fellows. The goal of the program, housed in the multi-disciplinary College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, is to help the region fill an existing research gap in economic, entrepreneurial, creative, and technological assets in the Greater Miami region.  

As Miami’s innovation economy continues to expand and becomes a hub for entrepreneurial opportunities it’s imperative that we incorporate the community in this process,” said Brian Schriner, dean of the College of Communication + The Arts.These fellows joining the inaugural cohort will bring a fresh perspective to this considerable innovation network.”

CARTA | MUFI and the Fellows are funded by a $1.2 million Knight Foundation Grant directed by Brian Schriner, dean of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts. Miami Urban Research Fellows are global thought-leaders, practitioners, and research professionals who will examine pressing economic and urban development challenges impacting Miami’s status as a global city. Unifying the college’s mission where through teaching, creative activities, engagement and research drive information, innovation, and the cultural economy of South Florida and beyond, the Urban Research Fellows are tasked to conduct independent, original research resulting in a publication – scholarly and applied. These reports and findings will be disseminated widely for public consumption. In collaboration with Dr. Richard Florida, the Creative Class Group, and FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, selected MUFI Research Fellows will provide thought leadership and practical, hands-on research and awareness to guide Greater Miami’s evolution as a thriving, competitive, global city.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to bolster MUFI’s capacity to provide field leading research,” said Chris Caines, Executive Director of the Miami Urban Future Initiative. “These fellows bring diverse perspectives and experience to the work and enable further inquiry into Miami’s economic future.”


This year’s fellows include:


Moses Shumow, Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University. His work has been published in Media Culture and Society, Journalism and Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, among others. His research will center around the Climate gentrification and community resilience in Miami.



Ralph Rosado, President of Rosado and Associates, an urban planning and economic development strategy firm based in Miami; a Senior Fellow at the FIUMetropolitan Center, and an instructor in graduate and professional programs at the

University of Miami and Florida International University. Rosado’s research seeks to conceptualize and examine Miami’s evolution and role as a global city, both politically and socially.


Kimberly Zeuli, Senior Fellow Institute for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). Zueli has more than 15 years of experience researching and advising on economic development issues. She has had academic positions at the College of William and Mary, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Kentucky. A graduate of Vassar College, Kim earned a masters and doctorate in applied economics from the University of Minnesota. Her research will center around the vulnerabilities and equitability of Miami’s urban food system in the face of climate change, including extreme weather events as well as the longer-term sea level rise.

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