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About Craig Anthony (Tony) Arnold

Tony Arnold directs the interdisciplinary Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility.  He has taught or been a visiting scholar at some of the nation’s leading universities, including Stanford University and the University of Puerto Rico.  He is a faculty affiliate of the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, as well as several other research centers nationwide.

Professor Arnold cares deeply about teaching and mentoring students.  He received the Trustee’s Award, which is the University of Louisville’s top award for a faculty member and given “for extraordinary impact on students.”  Many of his courses are innovative, featuring experiential learning of professional skills (especially negotiation and problem solving skills), integration of insights across disciplines, and field study.  

Professor Arnold’s highly interdisciplinary research at the intersection of land, water, the environment, and governance institutions is nationally and internationally recognized.  Several of his articles have been selected by experts to be featured in various publications as among the best in their fields, and his publications have been heavily used, both in the U.S. and worldwide, by scholars in many diverse fields, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and business and industry groups.  Professor Arnold has received awards for outstanding research and scholarship from the University of Louisville and Chapman University.  His research focuses on the following topics:
1) resilience, adaptive law, adaptive planning, and adaptive governance;
2) resilience justice, especially in low-income and minority communities;
3) environmental justice, particularly concerning land use, planning, ecosystems, and green and blue infrastructure in low-income and minority communities;
4) the emergence and evolution of governance institutions in land use, water, and the environment;
5) land use planning and regulation and ecosystems;
6) property as a web of interests;
7) watershed planning and governance;
8) “wet growth” policies and laws, integrating land use, water, and the environment;
9) the public trust in water and water privatization trends;
10) diverse and meaningful public participation in governance.

Professor Arnold likes to “get his cowboy boots muddy” in field study, public service, and real-world problem-solving.  Professor Arnold has served on many government commissions and nonprofit boards in Kentucky, California, and Texas, engaged in urban planning in California and Boston, and practiced law in Texas.  For example, he was Chairman of the Planning Commission of the City of Anaheim and served on the boards of The Nature Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, the West Jefferson County Community Task Force, and Federacion Ecumenica de Fe y Accion.  He recently worked on a community-based field-study project in Los Angeles to address the resilience and vulnerability of low-income and minority neighborhoods and disparities in green and blue infrastructure (e.g., parks, trees, river restoration).


Present Affiliated Professor of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville
Present Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use, University of Louisville
Present Professor, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2013 - 2017 Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky
2016 Co-Designer and Co-Facilitator, Georgetown-Scott County (KY) Comprehensive Plan Update Scenario Planning Workshop
2008 - 2009 Member, Board of Trustees, River Fields
2007 - 2009 Member, Louisville Metro Climate Change Committee
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Honors and Awards

  • Trustees Award, University of Louisville, 2013
  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity in the Social Sciences, University of Louisville, 2011
  • University of Louisville Nominee for Acorn Award, 2013 & 2015
  • Jonathan N. Helfat Award for Legal Scholarship, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, 2010
  • Visiting Scholar, UCLA School of Law, 2016
  • Huber Hurst Visiting Eminent Scholar, University of Florida, 2009
  • E. George Rudolph Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Wyoming, 2004
  • Scholar of the Month, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation, and Resources, January 2014
  • Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use, 2005
  • Chapman University Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2003
  • Outstanding Professor of the Year, Chapman University School of Law, 1999-2000
  • Honored in 100 Years of Legal Scholarship: AALS, 1900-2000
  • Donley & Marjorie Bollinger Chair in Real Estate, Land Use, and Environmental Law, Chapman University School of Law, 2004


  • Adaptive Planning & Resilience
  • Environmental Law
  • Land & Ecosystem Conservation
  • Land Use Planning & Law
  • Property (Property I and II)
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Water Resources Law & Policy


BA in Political Science and History, University of Kansas
JD, Stanford University

Contact Information

Room 281
Brandeis School of Law
University of Louisville
Louisville KY 40292

P: +1-502-852-6388
F: +1-502-852-0862


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