Doctoral Program DirectorB.A., Antioch College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
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- Community-based planning
- Planning and social theory
- Locational conflict and social movements
- Environmental politics
- Urban and political geography
Robert Lake is Professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR) 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 CUPR; Co-Director of the Rutgers Community Outreach Partnership Center (1998-2005); and Director of the CUPR Press (1989-2011). Since 1974, Dr. Lake has supervised research at CUPR 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, environmental politics, environmental justice, and the role of social theory in the production of knowledge in the social sciences. He is the author or editor of five books including Resolving Locational Conflict, Readings in Urban Analysis, and The New Suburbanites: Race and Housing in the Suburbs, and has published numerous articles in scholarly and professional journals. His research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Economic Development Administration, United States Information Agency, National Science Foundation, U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, National Institutes of Mental Health, state and local governments, and private foundations.
- Planning, Public Policy, and Social Theory
- Advanced Scholarly Research
- History and Theory of Planning
Articles in Refereed Journals
- 2015 Lake, Robert. 2015. “The financialization of urban policy in the age of Obama.” Journal of Urban Affairs, 37: 75-78.
- 2014 Lake, Robert. 2014. “Methods and Moral Inquiry.” Urban Geography, 35,5: 657-668.
- 2012 Zitcer, Andrew and Lake, Robert. 2012. “Love as a Planning Method.” Planning Theory and Practice, 13,4: 606-609.
- 2012 Lake, Robert and Zitcer, Andrew. 2012. “Who Says? Authority, Voice, and Authorship in Narratives of Planning Research.” Journal of Planning Education and Research, 32,4: 389-399.
- 2014 Review of Susan Fainstein, The Just City, in Journal of Planning Education and Research, vol. 34 (2014) 358-360.
- 2012 Review of Claire Rasmussen, The Autonomous Animal, in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, September 2012.
- 2012 Review of Francesco LoPiccolo and Huw Thomas, Ethics in Planning Research, in Journal of the American Planning Association, vol. 78 (2012) 114-115.
- 2010 Review essay “Making Space” Review of X. Briggs, ed. The Geography of Opportunity; J. Crampton and S. Elden, eds. Space, Knowledge, Power; A. Faludi, ed. European Spatial Research and Planning; A. Faludi, ed., Territorial Cohesion and the European Model of Society; A. Knowles, ed., Placing History; E. Robertson et al, eds., Space and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology; in Journal of Planning History, vol. 9 (2010) 277-285.
- 2010 Review of Robert Inman, ed., Making Cities Work, in Journal of Regional Science, vol. 50 (2010) 789-790.
- 2010 Lake, Robert. 2010. “Environmental Justice.” Encyclopedia of Urban Studies. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 245-248.
Areas of Expertise: Community Based Research, Community Development, Environmental Planning and Policy, Land Use, Neighborhood Planning, Planning Theory, Political Institutions, Social Policy/Inequality and Disparities