Professor Hollander is interested in the role of planning and public policy in managing land use and environmental changes associated with economic decline and shrinking cities. He also studies the intersection between technology and planning using virtual, Internet-based communities as laboratories and directs the Urban Attitudes Lab. He has worked in the areas of urban design, brownfields reuse, sustainability, smart shrinkage, community engagement, and cognitive science. You can view a portfolio of urban planning and design projects he has led, working with Tufts students. He also hosts an iTunes podcast "Cognitive Urbanism".

Professor Hollander has written over 50 articles, book chapters, and reports on these topics including four books: "Polluted, and Dangerous: America's Worst Abandoned Properties and What Can Be Done About Them" (University of Vermont Press, 2009) (click here to watch Professor Hollander discussing the book on C-SPAN.) "Principles of Brownfield Regeneration: Cleanup, Design, and Reuse of Derelict Land", with Harvard professor Niall Kirkwood and UEP alum Julia Gold (Island Press, 2010), "Sunburnt cities: The Great Recession, Depopulation and Urban Planning in the American Sunbelt" (Routledge, 2011), and "Cognitive Architecture Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment" with Ann Sussman (Routledge, 2015). He is regularly called upon as an expert for a variety of media sources on planning and policy issues, including The New York Times, TIME Magazine, USA Today, NPR, and Slate Magazine.

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Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP
Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Tufts University
97 Talbot Ave
Medford, MA 02155 USA

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