Marans, Robert


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Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Research Professor Emeritus, Institute for Social Research


Robert W. Marans is a research professor emeritus at the Institute for Social Research and professor emeritus of architecture and urban planning in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Throughout his career, Dr. Marans has conducted research and evaluative studies dealing with various aspects of communities, neighborhoods, housing, and parks and recreational facilities. His research has focused on attributes of the physical and sociocultural environments and their influence on individual and group behavior, well-being, and the quality of life. Much of Dr. Marans’ research has been in the context of urban areas. His current work deals with cultural issues of sustainability and energy conservation in institutional settings including universities and the impact of the built and natural environments on quality of life. Marans is a registered architect and is active in recreation policy and planning in southeastern Michigan. He is a charter member and president of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission and commissioner and vice chair of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority (HCMA), the governing body responsible for the planning, development, and operations of the metroparks throughout Southeastern Michigan. He also serves as a trustee of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and has served on the executive committee of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and the boards of the University’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, the Michigan Land Use Institute, and the Legacy Land Conservancy. Dr. Marans is the author or co-author of 8 books and more than 100 articles and technical reports. His most recent books, Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research (co-edited with W. Leal-Filo and J.Callewaert) and Investigating the Quality of Urban Life: Theory, Methods, and Empirical Research (co-edited with R. Stimson) were published by Springer. He is the recipient of the 2012 Career Award of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) in 2014. He serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals and has lectured extensively throughout the US, and in Europe, Asia, South Africa, South America, Australia, and the Middle East.