Robert W. Lake

Robert W. Lake , Ph.D.

Professor and Doctoral Program Director
B.A., Antioch College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago


Contact Information

Civic Square Building, room 483

Phone (848) 932-2370

Fax (732) 932-2363



Research Interests

  • Community-based planning
  • Planning and social theory
  • Locational conflict and social movements
  • Environmental politics
  • Urban and political geography




Publications and Activities

  • Robert Lake and Andrew Zitcer. 2012. “Who says? Authority, voice and authorship in narratives of planning research.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 32: 389-399.
  • Andrew Zitcer and Robert Lake. 2012. “Love as a planning method.” Planning Theory and Practice 13: 606-609.
  • Robert Lake. 2006. "Recentering the city," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 30: 194-197.
  • Kathe Newman and Robert Lake. 2006. "Democracy, bureaucracy, and difference in U.S. community development politics since 1968," Progress in Human Geography 30: 44-61.
  • Robert Lake. 2003. "Dilemmas of environmental planning in post-urban New Jersey," Social Science Quarterly 84: 1002-1017.
  • Robert Lake. 2002. "Bring back big government," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 26: 815-822.
  • Robert Lake and Kathe Newman. 2002. "Differential citizenship in the shadow state," GeoJournal 58: 109-120.



Robert Lake is Professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR), Director of the Doctoral Program in Planning and Public Policy, and a member of the Graduate Faculties in the Department of Geography and the Bloustein School. He holds a Ph.D. in urban geography from the University of Chicago. Dr. Lake was Acting Director (1997-1998) and Associate Director (1998-2000) of CUPR and Co-Director of the Rutgers Community Outreach Partnership Center (1998-2005); and Director of the CUPR Press (1989-2011). Since 1974, Dr. Lake has supervised research at CUPR on a broad array of public policy issues in the fields of housing, community development, and environmental policy. His current research focuses on community-based planning, environmental politics, environmental justice, locational conflict, and the role of community-based organizations in neighborhood revitalization. He is the author or editor of five books including Resolving Locational Conflict, Readings in Urban Analysis, and The New Suburbanites: Race and Housing in the Suburbs, and has published numerous articles in scholarly and professional journals. His research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Economic Development Administration, United States Information Agency, National Science Foundation, U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, National Institutes of Mental Health, state and local governments, and private foundations.


Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)