Robert E. Lang

Professor and Lincy Chair of Urban Affairs, 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

Biography

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

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Robert E. Lang In The News

RT&S
April 22, 2021
Mass transit along Charleston Boulevard and light rail on Maryland Parkway are a winning pair in Las Vegas.
KNPR News
April 22, 2021
The plan to build a mass-transit system along Charleston Boulevard is a good idea, but Las Vegas’ transportation challenges need to be addressed on multiple fronts, an urban development expert says.
Brookings
February 4, 2021
Since at least the 2000 presidential election, pundits, scholars, and the general public have conceptualized the country’s partisan landscape using the blue states, red states, and swing states framework. But despite its ubiquity, this structure ignores how intrastate regional tensions and political competition imbue the divisions between red and blue America. Differences within states also anchor the long-standing urban-rural divide—a salient feature of American politics since the country’s founding.
Las Vegas Sun
February 1, 2021
Nevada has no publicly funded community colleges.

Articles Featuring Robert E. Lang

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Campus News | January 5, 2021
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV experts and their analysis of all things politics in 2020.
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Business and Community | December 31, 2020
As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.
Campus News | December 10, 2020
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Campus News | November 5, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s commitment to community, health care, and research.