The Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility (CLUER) is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Louisville that generates ideas and knowledge about governance at the intersection of land use, water resources and environmental conservation.

The relationships among land, water and the environment are important to society, whether along the Cumberland River as it curves through the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky or in Louisville’s downtown located on the Ohio River. Source: Tony Arnold The relationships among land, water, and the environment are important to society, whether along the Cumberland River as it curves through the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky or in Louisville’s downtown located on the Ohio River. Source: Tony Arnold

The mission of CLUER is to generate ideas and knowledge about governance at the intersection of land use, water resources and environmental conservation. The ideas and knowledge generated by CLUER are interdisciplinary in nature and focus on environmental responsibility and resilience justice.

Seven major themes characterize the work of CLUER:

  1. Intersections: Issues and problems at the intersection of land use, water resources and environmental conservation
     
  2. Interdisciplinarity: Interdisciplinary research, teaching and service that brings together the study of law and governance institutions, social systems, ecological systems and policy analysis
     
  3. Institutions: Governance institutions (including law, public policy and public participation in governance) and their evolution
     
  4. Justice: The impacts of institutions and policies on marginalized communities, such as low-income communities and communities of color
     
  5. Community engagement and fieldwork: Engagement and partnerships with affected communities and government agencies, as well as off-campus research, teaching and service in the field
     
  6. Environmental responsibility: Ideas and tools that promote responsible stewardship of natural and human environments
     
  7. Resilience: Developing the adaptive capacity of institutions and communities to shocks and disturbances in complex, dynamic, interconnected systems

Partners and affiliates

Students in the interdisciplinary Water Resources Law and Policy Field-Study Seminar learn from field trips that involve canoeing on the Ohio River and Beargrass Creek. Source: Tony ArnoldCLUER is associated with three units at the University of Louisville: the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development, the Brandeis School of Law and the Department of Urban and Public Affairs. Its work is affiliated with two major research initiatives at the University of Louisville: the Brandeis Laboratory for Democracy and Citizenship and the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research.

CLUER has also played an important role in the multi-university, multi-disciplinary Adaptive Water Governance Project, sponsored by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center at the University of Maryland with National Science Foundation funding. CLUER is a partner in the Kentucky Center of Excellence for Watershed Management and plays a key role in the University of Louisville’s membership in the Universities Council on Water Resources.

Children are curious about worms in their backyard. Source: Tracy Chapman

 

Much of the current work of CLUER is focused on the Resilience Justice Project.

CLUER is directed by Professor Tony Arnold, who can be reached at tony.arnold@louisville.edu or 502-852-6388.