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: land use policy, housing development strategies, community redevelopment, economic development
ROBERT W. BURCHELL, Distinguished Professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research, is the author of 30 books and more than 50 articles. Professor Burchell, co-director of the Center, is an expert on fiscal impact analysis, land-use development and regulation, and housing policy. Dr. Burchell co-authored the Development Impact Assessment Handbook for ULI-The Urban Land Institute. His major publications include The Fiscal Impact Handbook, The New Practitioner’s Guide to Fiscal Impact Analysis,The Adaptive Reuse Handbook, andthe Environmental Impact Handbook.
Robert W. Burchell, Ph.D. has served as principal investigator on more than $4 million in research spanning a thirty year career at Rutgers. One of these efforts included the Impact Assessment of the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan, an encompassing study of the growth management program adopted by the New Jersey State Planning Commission in June 1992. This impact assesment was done in 1992 and repeated in 2001, in both cases a requirement for passage of the State Plan. Similar “costs of sprawl” studies have been done for the state of Maryland, the Lexington (KY) Metropolitan Area, the Delaware Estuary, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, and the South Carolina Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Dr. Burchell’s seminal work in the area of development patterns and infrastructure costs is a just completed research project for the National Academy of Sciences and the Transportation Cooperative Research Program resulting in The Costs of Sprawl Revisited and The Costs of Sprawl-2000. Other recent projects include studies of regional mobility and mortgage-lending practices for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, several studies on housing policy for Fannie Mae, and multiple analyses of transportation policy for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Dr. Burchell has also completed nationwide program evaluations for the Economic Development Administration on its public works, defense adjustment, and revolving loan fund projects. These successful evaluations led to the reauthorization of EDA in 1998 for the first time in 20 years.
Robert W. Burchell, Ph.D., has served as a consultant to The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Health and Human Resources Administration, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and The Smith Richardson Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a trustee of the housing research group at the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Burchell,who holds a doctorate in urban planning from Rutgers University, is a licensed professional planner in New Jersey and is in demand as an expert witness nationally.
expertise: housing and land development, development impact assessment, historic preservation
DAVID LISTOKIN is Professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research of Rutgers University. Dr. Listokin, co-director of the Center, is a leading authority on community and fiscal impact analysis, housing policy, land-use regulation, and 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 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: computer programming, census data analysis, development impact modeling, model implementation
WILLIAM R. DOLPHIN is Computer Specialist at the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University. He has more than twenty years’ experience at Rutgers as a programmer for mainframe and micro computers. He is skilled in Basic, Fortran, SAS, SPSS, Lotus 1-2-3, Excel, dBase, and other statistical and graphic computer applications. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Twentieth Century Fund, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and other public and private organizations.
Mr. Dolphin has a master’s degree in sociology from Rutgers and is co-author of several publications, including the Development Impact Assessment Handbook, the New Practitioner’s Guide to Fiscal Impact Analysis, and Mount Laurel III: Challenge and Delivery of Low-cost Housing.
expertise: regional science, applied microeconomics, regional economics, input-output analysis, economic impact analysis, urban economics, housing economics
MICHAEL L. LAHR, Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR), is a regional economist with a strong interest in policy analysis. Dr. Lahr is Associate Director of CUPR’s Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™). In 1996 he was a member of the team that crafted The State of the Nations Cities: America’s Changing Urban Life, a report and database on urban indicators that won an award at the United Nations Habitat II conference in Istanbul in June 1996.
As part of R/ECON™ team, Dr. Lahr primarily works on special projects associated with measuring the economic impacts of events, operations, and construction projects. In one recent project (TELUS), he used a multiregional input-output model of northern New Jersey to estimate the economic impacts of transportation construction expenditures. In another he estimated the annual economic impacts of historic preservation on the New Jersey economy through construction activity, heritage tourism, and the expenditures of historic sites. Another of Lahr’s research efforts measured the economic impact of the recoding of groundwater in Newark’s Ironbound district from potable to nonpotable. Most of Dr. Lahr’s published work relates to improving the accuracy of regional input-output models.
In other recent work, Dr. Lahr co-authored an article on welfare program participation rates by metropolitan area. He also developed a quality-of-life index based on economic theory. In related work, he measured urban stress using a factor analytic approach. He also developed indices of the relative cost of doing business and of the cost of living across U.S. metropolitan areas. He also evaluated the extent touch the economy of New York City drives the economic growth of its suburbs, and how the City’s role as driver has changed.
Prior to Dr. Lahr’s arrival at CUPR, he served as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Regional Science and analyzed rural economies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. He taught urban studies and public economics courses at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lahr has modeled economies for two regional economic consulting organizations. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., Lahr worked at Battelle Memorial Institute, where he guided the development of technology-based strategic plans for Fortune 500 firms and estimated the markets for emerging products.
expertise: community development, environmental politics, planning theory, locational conflict, urban and political geography
ROBERT W. LAKE is Professor at the Rutgers University Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR) and Co-Director of the Rutgers Community Outreach Partnership Center. He holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Chicago and is a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Geography and the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He is editor-in-chief of the CUPR Press and co-editor of Urban Geography, a bimonthly scholarly journal. Since 1974, Dr. Lake has supervised research at CUPR on a broad array of public policy issues in the fields of housing, land use, community development, and environmental regulation. His current research focuses on issues of community- based planning, neighborhood revitalization, urban politics, and environmental justice.
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.