The following areas of Bloustein School expertise reflect the unique collaboration of faculty and research center staff at the Bloustein School. Students have the benefit of working side-by-side with faculty at the forefront of their respective fields and the opportunity to gain "real world" experience as they contribute to research projects.
Housing and Community Development
The Center for Urban Policy Research, the Community Development Institute, and the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment, put the Bloustein School at the national forefront of research and education in housing and community development. They also provide opportunities for students to do research in community settings. Courses provide students with expertise on capacity building, community based organizations, community growth and decline, community politics, finance, geographic information systems, real estate development, tourism, and urban revitalization.
Land Use and Transportation
Land use and transportation-focused research, public service, and teaching are strong points of the Bloustein School. Sustainable urban development requires the systematic integration of land use and transportation decision-making at all levels of government. Research and teaching activities in these areas encompass community development, domestic and international transportation policy, land use and transportation coordination, locational conflict, non-motorized transport, planning law, and planning support systems, smart growth, state and regional planning, and sustainable development. Transportation research is conducted by the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, which includes a national training program carried out by the National Transit Institute. The Center of Urban Policy Research is nationally renowned for its research on land use.
Politics and Policy Analysis
The Bloustein School faculty has exceptional practical and scholarly experience with politics, political institutions, and policy analysis. Although the School emphasizes sophisticated methods for analyzing policy options and evaluating public programs, we also recognize the critical role of political processes and institutions in policy outcomes. The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development provides links across an array of issue areas, including education, labor, and social policy. The Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution offers similar linkages regarding political processes. Faculty have particular expertise with state-level institutions and processes, but the national and local level inter-governmental issues and non-governmental organizations are also well represented in their work.
Faculty: Andrews, Burchell, Coleman, Crowley, Curenton, DeFilippis, Felder, Florio, Hetling, Jaffe, Jagannathan, Lake, Newman, Rodgers, Rubin, Salzman, Shapiro, Stamato, Turshen, Van Horn, Wolff, and Zukin.
Urban and Regional Economics
The School is home to the Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy, the Center for Urban Policy Research, the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, the Rutgers Regional Report, and the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service. Faculty expertise includes environmental economics, forecasting and policy modeling, health, labor economics, regional economic analysis, regional economic development, and state and local public finance (especially issues related to local property taxation).
Science, Environmental, and Health Policy
The Bloustein School provides unusual opportunities to study state and federal policies on science, the environment, and health, especially risk perception and the political forces driving policy. The Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy, the HIV Prevention Community Planning Support Development Initiative, and the Environmental Assessment and Communications Group, provide opportunities in a wide range of timely issues and links to centers elsewhere at Rutgers University – the Center for State Health Policy, the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, and the Rutgers School of Public Health. Editors for two international, peer-reviewed journals at the Bloustein School – the North American Editor of Science and Public Policy and the Editor in Chief of Risk Analysis - speak to the quality of research we offer.
The Bloustein School is host to the EJB - Korean Development Institute Scholars Program and a graduate exchange program with the Bartlett School of Planning at University College, London. Courses are offered in comparative transportation finance and policy, development policy, gender and development, globalization and public policy, international tourism, mega cities and new towns, social policy, and theories of regional development. Several members of the faculty are active in Rutgers' African Studies Center and the Middle Eastern Studies Program.
Social and Gender Policy
The Bloustein School is home to many scholars who have devoted their research to issues surrounding the alleviation of poverty and the reduction of inequality. Both the policy and planning programs have considerable expertise in this area. We are also home to the Center for Urban Policy Research and the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.