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

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
June 10, 2020
Nevada election officials are confident Tuesday's primary will be smooth as the state attempts the first ever, largely mail-in voting primary amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Las Vegas Sun
June 4, 2020
To Jake McKenna, Las Vegas is a special place. It’s where he met his fiancé at a work conference last year, and it’s a city he likes to visit whenever he can.
Casino.org
May 28, 2020
The casino buffet has been an integral part of the Las Vegas experience for decades. But COVID-19 is threatening to put a fork in the Strip amenity staple.
Las Vegas Review Journal
May 28, 2020
Nevada is on pace for strong voter turnout in its 2020 presidential primary election, according to new figures released by the Nevada secretary of state’s office.

Articles Featuring Robert E. Lang

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Campus NewsJuly 2, 2020
A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.
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Campus NewsJune 11, 2020
A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.
Campus NewsMay 20, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting the staff and students of UNLV who exemplify what it means to be a Rebel, even from home.
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Campus NewsMarch 5, 2020
A collection of news stories from February highlighting the people and research of UNLV.