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Center Chair Tony Arnold Wins Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity in the Social Sciences (December 6, 2011)

Center Chair Tony Arnold 

Wins Distinguished Faculty Award for 

Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity 

in the Social Sciences

 (December 6, 2011)


Celebration of Faculty Excellence 2011 DFA Tony Arnold

(Picture at the 2011 Celebration of Faculty Excellence: Provost Shirley Willihnganz, Brandeis School of Law Dean Jim Chen, Professor Tony Arnold, and President Jim Ramsey)

Tony Arnold, Chair of the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, received the President's 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity, for his interdisciplinary research on land use, water resources, property rights, environmental justice, and environmental conservation.  Professor Arnold is the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use and teaches in both the Brandeis School of Law and the Department of Urban and Public Affairs.  He is an internationally recognized scholar of the environmental regulation of land use and water.  He studies the interconnectedness of legal, policy, social, and ecological systems.  He bases his research on concepts of panarchy, complex adaptive systems, multi-scalar analysis, and institutional evolution.

Professor Arnold has published 7 books/monographs, 7 book chapters, and 25 scholarly articles, totaling over 4400 pages in print.  His works have been cited over 1300 times, often discussed or quoted in the text of the citing works.  His articles on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) have been downloaded over 5800 times.  Peers have selected two of his law journal articles as among the best published in land use and environmental law in the United States.  Nationally and internationally renowned scholars have praised Professor Arnold's scholarship for its prolific nature, high quality, broad and deep impact, innovation, relevance, and leading analysis of several different cutting-edge issues.

Professor Arnold's scholarship has had substantial impact on knowledge and scholarship in many different disciplines, at local, national, and international levels, and on law, public policy, and social institutions.  For example, his reconceptualization of property as a "web of interests" has influenced thinking about property rights and responsibilities.  His work on "wet growth" has identified and advanced a set of principles, methods, and tools that integrate land use practices, water quality protection, water supply management and conservation, and watershed health.  His recent works on the structure and functions of the land use regulatory system in the United States and the emergence of "integrationist multimodality" in environmental law have identified new trends as society seeks to address complex, multi-dimensional problems at the intersection of land, water, and the environment.  He is currently co-authoring the first Environmental Sustainability Law & Policy textbook (with Wolters Kluwer Aspen Publishing) and undertaking a major empirical study of watershed institutions.

His work has not only influenced academic knowledge and ideas but also had practical impact on issues of public importance.  His work has received U.S. EPA grant funding to aid Kentucky communities in addressing the impacts of land use on water.  His scholarship has been cited and used by the U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization, American Bar Association, American Planning Association, National Academy of Public Administration, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Kentucky Division of Forestry, Kentucky Division of Water, Iowa Department of Economic Development, Sierra Club, Watershed Watch, Center for Watershed Protection, National Association of Manufacturers, Pacific Gas & Electric, American Forest & Paper Association, American Petroleum Institute, the AsiaPacific Centre for Complex Real Property Rights (and then used by the World Bank), and various community-based groups and local governments throughout the U.S., Canada, and world.

Professor Arnold acknowledges the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary study through the Center as an important part of his research work.  "My research aims to integrate innovate thinking about environmentally responsible land use and water management across disciplines.  Society's complex problems demand trans-disciplinary knowledge and ideas.  I was drawn to U of L because of opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and research."  An avid boot-wearer and enthusiast for nature and the outdoors, Professor Arnold particularly notes the roles of empirical research, practical public problem-solving, and integrationist thinking:  "I like to 'get my cowboy boots muddy' doing empirical research on complex social, legal, and ecological systems.  I aim to 'build bridges' in my scholarship -- across disciplines, across fragmented areas of law, and across theory and practice."

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