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Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility  

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."Muddy Boots Field Work Tony Arnold Dustin Wallen Connie Barr Archer


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Craig Anthony (Tony) Arnold


Books and Monographs


Fair and Healthy Land Use: Environmental Justice and Planning, Planning Advisory Service Report No. 549/550(American Planning Association 2007),


Wet Growth: Should Water Law Control Land Use? (Editor) (Environmental Law Institute 2005),


Beyond Litigation: Case Studies in Water Rights Disputes (co-ed. with Leigh A. Jewell; Environmental Law Institute 2002),




The Structure of the Land Use Regulatory System in the United States, 22(2) Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law 441 (2007),  available at SSRN:


Clean-Water Land Use: Connecting Scale and Function, 23(2) Pace Environmental Law Review 291 (2006), available at SSRN:


For the Sake of Water: Land Conservation and Watershed Protection, 14 Sustain: A Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Issues 16 (2006), available at SSRN:


Is Wet Growth Smarter Than Smart Growth?: The Fragmentation and Integration of Land Use and Water, 35 Environmental Law Reporter 10152 (2005), available at SSRN:


Privatization of Public Water Services: The States’ Role in Ensuring Public Accountability, 32 Pepperdine Law Review 561 (2005), available at SSRN:


Working Out an Environmental Ethic: Anniversary Lessons from Mono Lake, 4 Wyoming Law Review 1 (2004) (E. George Rudolph Distinguished Lecture), Arnold, Craig Anthony (Tony), available at SSRN:


The Reconstitution of Property: Property as a Web of Interests, 26 Harvard Environmental Law Review 281 (2002), reprinted at 34 Land Use and Environment Law Review 65 (2003), available at SSRN:

How Do Law Students Really Learn? Problem-Solving, Modern Pragmatism, and Property Law,  22 Seattle University Law Review 891 (1999), available at SSRN:


Planning Milagros: Environmental Justice and Land Use Regulation, 76 Denver University Law Review 1 (1998), available at SSRN:


Lauren Heberle




Connecting Smart Growth and Brownfield Redevelopment  (Center for Environmental Policy and Management 2006)


Plots Against the American Dream?: The Social Construction of Sprawl as an Environmental Problem and Smart Growth as a Solution! (co-authored with Diane C. Bates and Sarah L. Coffin) (Center for Environmental Policy and Management 2007)


The Brownfields Phenomenon: Much Ado about Something or the Timing of the Shrewd? (with 3 other co-authors) (Center for Environmental Policy and Management 2004)



Avery Kolers



Land, Conflict, and Justice: A Political Theory of Territory (Cambridge University Press, February 2009),


Carol Norton





The Impacts of Transportation Policy on Affordable Housing. State of Metropolitan Housing Report 2007 (co-authored with N. Weis) (Center for Environmental Policy and Management 2007)


Rural and Urban Sustainability in Clark County (IN): An Inventory of Economic Development and Land Use  (co-authored with Preston Lacy) (Center for Environmental Policy and Management 2007)


Planning and Zoning in Louisville Metro: Its Effect on Affordable Housing. State of Metropolitan Housing Report 2006 (Center for Environmental Policy and Management 2006)



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