Robert W. Marans

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Research Professor
  • Office of the Provost
    • Institute for Social Research
  • Arch. and U.P. (Taubman)
    • Architecture
    • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Other/None of the Above
(734) 763-9818
University of Michigan

Robert W. Marans is a research professor at the Institute for Social Research and a professor emeritus of architecture and urban planning in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. During his tenure at U-M, Dr. Marans has conducted evaluative studies and research dealing with various aspects of communities, neighborhoods, housing, and parks and recreation and recreational facilities. His research has focused on user requirements and the manner in which attributes of the physical and sociocultural environments influence individual and group behavior and the quality of community 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 and issues of sustainability and energy conservation in institutional settings. He currently is co-principal investigator of U-M's Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program, a munti-year effort to measure and track the culture of sustainability on campus.