The faculty and staff of the Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR) specialize in university-based urban research and the practical application of research results to policy design, implementation, and evaluation. Having influenced national policy for decades, CUPR’s multidisciplinary team of distinguished scholars have expertise in the fields of city and regional planning, economics, public administration, public policy, regional science, sociology, geography, computer programming, geographic information systems, and statistics. Methodological proficiencies of senior personnel range from ethnographic and qualitative analysis to survey research, spatial analysis, multivariate quantitative modeling, and econometric forecasting and analysis. Core personnel serve as advisors to federal government agencies, state legislatures, governors, administrative agencies, and localities nationwide; conduct foundation-sponsored research; and provide outreach to nonprofits and community-based organizations.
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expertise: housing and land development, development impact assessment, historic preservation
DAVID LISTOKIN is a Professor of urban planning at the Bloustein School. He is a leading authority on public finance, development impact analysis, and historic preservation. Dr. Listokin has recently been analyzing strategies to quantify the economic benefits of historic preservation, research sponsored by the federal government (National Park Service), state governments (e.g., Texas and Florida), and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
He has written and edited 25 books, including The Subdivision and Site Plan Handbook, Development Impact Assessment, The Fiscal Impact Handbook, Living Cities, Landmarks Preservation and the Property Tax, and Mortgage Lending and Race.
Over the past two decades, Dr. Listokin has served as principal investigator for a wide range of clients, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of State, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Fannie Mae Foundation, and the Twentieth Century Fund. Dr. Listokin’s model residential subdivision and site plan ordinance, co-authored with Carole Walker, has been adopted by New Jersey as the statewide uniform code. Dr. Listokin is currently working on a HUD-funded study analyzing regulatory impediments to rehabilitation and on an analysis funded by the National Parks Service that quantifies the economic benefits of historic preservation.
expertise: regional science, applied microeconomics, regional economics, input-output analysis, economic impact analysis, urban economics, housing economics
expertise: community development, environmental politics, planning theory, locational conflict, urban and political geography
ROBERT W. LAKE is Professor of urban planning and policy development and a member of the Graduate Faculties in the Department of Geography and the Bloustein School. He holds a Ph.D. in urban geography from the University of Chicago. Dr. Lake was Graduate Director and Director of the Doctoral Program in Planning and Public Policy (2009-2015); Acting Director (1997-1998) and Associate Director (1998-2000) of the Center for Urban Policy Research; Co-Director of the Rutgers Community Outreach Partnership Center (1998-2005); and Director of the CUPR Press (1989-2011). Dr. Lake has conducted research on a broad array of planning and public policy issues in the fields of housing, community development, and environmental policy. His current research focuses on community-based planning, urban entrepreneurialism, environmental justice, and the role of social theory in the production of knowledge in the social sciences.
Dr. Lake is the author or editor of numerous books including Resolving Locational Conflict, Readings in Urban Analysis, The New Suburbanites: Race and Housing in the Suburbs, and Real Estate Tax Delinquency: Private Disinvestment and Public Response. His articles have been published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Environment and Planning A, Policy Studies Journal, Progress in Human Geography, Urban Geography, Political Geography, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and elsewhere. His research and consulting have been funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Mental Health, Economic Development Administration, United States Information Agency, the Council for European Studies, and numerous state and local government agencies.