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Robert E. Lang

Senior Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program

Robert Lang is a nationally recognized authority on urban growth, economic development and population dynamics, including the interplay between politics and growth in the American West. Lang is often called on by national business leaders and media to provide an understanding of 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 suburban studies, real estate, demographic and spatial analysis, economic development, and metropolitan policy.

He has authored over 150 academic and professional publications and has developed many new urban planning concepts such as "Boomburbs," "Edgeless Cities," and "Megapolitan Areas." His new book, Megapolitan America (American Planning Association), details the rise of megapolitan areas and how they will change how American plans. He is also a contributor the book America's New Swing Region (Brookings Institution Press), which examines the profound economic, political, and social changes that continue to reshape the Mountain West. Lang's research has been featured in numerous media outlets, including USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, MSNBC and FOX News.

Lang is a professor in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and serves as the executive director of Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute at UNLV. He is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a fellow of the Urban Land Institute, both in Washington, D.C. Lang earned a Ph.D. in urban sociology from Rutgers University.

Robert Lang is a nationally recognized authority on urban growth, economic development and population dynamics, including the interplay between politics and growth in the American West. Lang is often called on by national business leaders and media to provide an understanding of 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 suburban studies, real estate, demographic and spatial analysis, economic development, and metropolitan policy.

He has authored over 150 academic and professional publications and has developed many new urban planning concepts such as “Boomburbs,” “Edgeless Cities,” and “Megapolitan Areas.” His new book, Megapolitan America (American Planning Association), details the rise of megapolitan areas and how they will change how American plans. He is also a contributor the book America’s New Swing Region (Brookings Institution Press), which examines the profound economic, political, and social changes that continue to reshape the Mountain West. Lang’s research has been featured in numerous media outlets, including USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, MSNBC and FOX News.

Lang is a professor in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and serves as the executive director of Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute at UNLV. He is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a fellow of the Urban Land Institute, both in Washington, D.C. Lang earned a Ph.D. in urban sociology from Rutgers University.