Dr. Robert F. Young works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the fields of urban planning, sustainable economic development, and urban ecology. His research centers on the planning, governance, and financing of metropolitan green infrastructure and on economic development initiatives for sustainable cities and regions. Dr. Young recently co-founded the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative described by the New York Times and Fortune Magazine respectively as “perhaps the most comprehensive effort by a U.S. university to infuse sustainability into its curricula and community outreach” and “addressing and catalyzing change across all issues that impinge upon sustainability.”
As a practitioner Dr. Young served as the Director of Planning of the Philadelphia’s Recycling Office and was appointed by New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman as Director of the New Jersey Commerce Department’s Office of Sustainability. He has also served as an advisor to Governors Ted Kulongoski and John Kitzhaber of Oregon on issues of sustainable economic development. Dr. Young also founded American Soil, Inc., a successful, large-scale New Jersey composting company described in the Wall Street Journal as “the future” of organic resources management. Dr. Young's most recent academic publications include articles in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Urban Ecosystems, and a chapter in the book, Garden Cities to Green Cities published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Young, Robert; Julie Zanders; Katherine Lieberknecht; Elizabeth Fassman. 2014. "Toward a typology for mainstreaming urban green infrastructure" Journal of Hydrology, in-press.
Young, Robert. 2013. “Mainstreaming urban ecosystem services: A national survey of municipal foresters” Urban Ecosystems, published on-line, 24 January 2013.
Young, Robert and McPherson, Gregory. 2013. “Governing metropolitan green infrastructure in the United States” Landscape and Urban Planning, vol. 109, no.1: 67-75.
Young, Robert. 2012. “Creating post-carbon communities: the return of the public sector” Planning Theory and Practice, vol. 13, no. 1: 172-174.
Young, Robert, 2011. “Planting the living city: best practices in planning green infrastructure – results from major US cities” Journal of the American Planning Association vol. 77 no. 4: 368-381.
Young, Robert, 2010. “Managing municipal green space for ecosystem services” Urban Forestry and Urban Greening vol. 9 no. 4: 313-321.
Young, Robert, 2010. “The greening of Chicago: environmental leaders and organizational learning in the transition toward a sustainable metropolitan region” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management vol. 53 no. 8: 1051-1068.
Young, Robert, 2009. “Interdisciplinary foundations in urban ecology” Urban Ecosystems vol. 12 (September): 311-331.
Young, Robert and Steven Wolf, 2007. “Toward a pragmatic program for critical urban ecology” Urban Ecosystems vol. 10 no. 3: 349-354.
Young, Robert and Steven Wolf, 2006. “Goal attainment in urban ecology research: a bibliometric review 1975-2004” Urban Ecosystems vol. 9 no. 3: 179-193.
Young, Robert. 1997. “The ecological origins of cities.” Colloqui: Cornell Journal of Planning and Urban Issues. vol. 13: 3-8.
Young, Robert, 2002. “Green Cities and the Urban Future” in From Garden City to
Green City-The Legacy of Ebenezer Howard, Kermit C. Parsons and David Schuyler, Editors. Baltimore, MD.: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Young. Robert. 2013. Review of Harvey, David. “Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution.” London: Verso. Monthly Review (December).
Young, Robert. 2011. Review of Rawson, Michael, Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. H-Environment, H-Net Reviews. January, 2011. URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=31313
Selected reports & other publications
Young, Robert. 2010. Jobs Today, Jobs, Tomorrow: Kitzhaber Campaign Economic Development Platform. Portland, Oregon: Kitzhaber for Governor.
Young, Robert. 2007. Crossing Boundaries in Urban Ecology: Pathways to Sustainable Cities. Cornell University: Doctoral thesis.
Young, Robert, ed. 2000. Greening the Garden State. Trenton, New Jersey: New Jersey Department of Commerce.