robert W. marans, phd

Board Member, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

Research Professor, Institute for Social Research

Professor Emeritus of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Robert W. Marans is a research professor 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 and the quality of life. Much of Dr. Marans' research has been in the context of urban areas. His current research considers the impact of the built and natural environments on quality of life, the role of neighborhood in the health of Detroit residents and issues of sustainability and energy conservation in buildings and institutional settings.

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 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 governing board member of Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School, has served on the executive committee of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, 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. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals and has lectured extensively throughout the US and in Europe, Asia, South Africa, South American, Australia and the Middle East.