Faculty & Staff

Justin Hollander


Contact Info:
Urban and Environmental
Policy and Planning
97 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.3394
Fax: 617.627.3377
Personal website
Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. He has worked in land use and environmental planning at the local, regional, and federal levels, most recently for the Public Buildings Service of the U.S. General Services Administration as a Presidential Management Fellow. His research examines how cities and regions manage physical change during periods of growth and decline and the cognitive, health, and social dimensions of community well-being.

Dr. Hollander has written over 50 publications on these topics, including seven books: Polluted and Dangerous: America's Worst Abandoned Properties and What Can Be Done About Them (University of Vermont Press), Principles of brownfields regeneration: Clean-up, design, and re-use of blighted land (Island Press with Niall Kirkwood and Julia Gold), Sunburnt cities: The Great Recession, depopulation and urban planning in the American Sunbelt (Routledge), Cognitive architecture: Designing for how we respond to the built environment (Routledge), Urban Social Listening: Potential and pitfalls of using microblogging data in studying cities (Palgrave), An Ordinary City: Planning for Growth & Decline in New Bedford, Massachusetts (Palgrave), and A Research Agenda for Shrinking Cities (Edward Elgar). Dr. Hollander's research has been supported through grants from the Urban Land Institute, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Government of Canada, Government of Quebec, City of New York, Abell Foundation, 1772 Foundation, and the Appraisers Research Foundation. He is regularly called upon as an expert for a variety of media sources on urban issues, including The New York Times, TIME Magazine, USA Today, NPR, and C-SPAN. He also hosts an iTunes podcast, "Cognitive Urbanism".

Dr. Hollander received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Tufts University, a Master's Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.