Robert Gottlieb
Professor, Urban & Environmental Policy, Emeritus; Founder, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute

Robert Gottlieb’s research focus is on environmental and food justice, power and inequality, resource politics, alternative transportation, place-based development, global cities, and the infrastructure of everyday life.  He is the author of numerous publications, including fourteen books. A few of the publications are described below. Professor Gottlieb delivered the Graham M. Sterling Memorial Lecture in 2014 and received the Carey McWilliams Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Studies Association in 2015. He is also the editor of two MIT Press series, "Urban and Industrial Environments" and "Food, Health, and Environment," with nearly 100 titles in the series published since 1997 after he transitioned from UCLA to Occidental. View a video about his work. A long time environmental and social justice activist, Professor Gottlieb has been engaged in researching and participating in social movements for more than 60 years.


  • Care-Centered Politics: From the Home to the Planet (MIT Press, 2022)
  • Care is Key to Nations’ Response to Crises (China Daily Global, March 19, 2020)
  • Global Cities: Urban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China (with Simon Ng) (MIT Press, 2017)
  • Food Justice (with Anupama Joshi) (MIT Press, 2013)
  • Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City (MIT Press, 2007)
  • Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement (Island Press, 2006)
  • Empires in the Sun: The Rise of the New American West (with Peter Wiley) (University of Arizona Press, 1985)
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