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Robert E. Lang

Professor, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

Executive Director, Brookings Mountain West
Executive Director, The Lincy Institute at UNLV

Expertise: Economic Development, Urban Growth, Politics, Metropolitan Policy

About

Robert Lang is an internationally recognized authority on urban growth, economic development, and population dynamics, including the interplay between politics and growth in the America's metropolitan areas. Lang is often called on by national business leaders and media to provide an understanding economic recovery in the west (including Nevada), what elements led to the region’s economic decline, and what it will take to bring it back.

His research specialties include real estate, demographic and spatial analysis, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and metropolitan policy.

He has authored more than 220 academic and professional publications and has developed many new urban planning concepts such as the "Sun Corridor," "Boomburbs," and "Edgeless Cities." His book, Megapolitan America, details the rise of megapolitan areas across the U.S. Lang's research has been featured in numerous media outlets, including USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report, and he's appeared as an expert commenter on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, CBS News, ABC News, and National Public Radio. 

Lang is a professor of public policy in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and serves as executive director of both Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute at UNLV. He is a resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and has served as a Fulbright Fellow in Urban Geography in Paris, an Academic Fellow at the Urban Land Institute, and as a Planning Fellow at the Lincon Institute of Land Policy. Lang has twice served as editor for the academic journal Housing Policy Debate. 

Education

  • Ph.D. in Urban Sociology, Rutgers University

Robert E. Lang In The News

Nov 9, 2018

Nevada academics wasted no time jumping into an election post mortem. The Brookings Institute held a post-election panel discussion Wednesday where they analyzed the previous night’s “blue wave,” in which Democrats claimed victory in almost all statewide races. Panelists included Brookings Mountain West Executive Director Robert Lang, UNLV political science professor David Damore, Brookings fellow John Hudak and Women’s Research Institute of Nevada Director Rebecca Gill.

Nov 2, 2018

There are just five days left until voters hit the polls next Tuesday for the mid-term elections. The silver state is set to play a big part in the balance of power on capitol hill.

Oct 31, 2018

CBS News' "Red & Blue" visited Las Vegas and UNLV to cover the 2018 election. The show aired live from UNLV's campus and featured interviews with UNLV faculty and students.

Oct 19, 2018

A 2020 U.S. Census undercount could have potentially large ripple effects for everything the census determines — from how congressional seats are distributed around the country to where hundreds of billions of federal dollars are spent.

Articles Featuring Robert E. Lang

Student at commencement
Jun 2, 2016
Campus News

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.


Nov 25, 2013
Research
Social network analysis of 460 local nonprofits in health, social services and education reveals the organizations that “make things happen."