Tony Arnold receives 2011 Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity in the Social Sciences

Congratulations Tony Arnold on receiving the 2011 Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity in the Social Sciences.


Professor Arnold has demonstrated an extraordinary record of scholarship during the past six years. His work is on the cutting edge of the environmental regulation of land use, water, and property, which is his expertise as a scholar. Professor Arnold's work is always of the highest quality and reflects careful critical thought and innovative exploration of complex interconnections and socio-Iegal phenomena.

Notably, he has contributed several different creative and groundbreaking concepts to our understanding of land use, water, natural resources, property, and environmental problems and to solutions to these problems. Among these is his highly influential critique of the dominant bundle-of-rights metaphor of property and his proposal of an alternative and increasingly accepted metaphor of property as a web of interests, which was first developed in his 2002 Harvard Environmental Law Review article and elaborated on in subsequent works. A second innovative contribution to scholarship and public problem-solving has been the concept of "wet growth" as an integration of water issues (e.g., water quality, water conservation and management, watershed health) with land use planning and regulation. Professor Arnold developed this concept into a set of principles, methods, and tools, which are shaping new scholarly knowledge about the land-water intersection and which are being used by policy makers, professionals, and the public. He also has identified a new trend of "integrationist multimodality" that is emerging in environmental protection. His careful analysis of this phenomenon will shape thinking about environmental law use and policy. His work has been cited and used by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Bar Association, the American Planning Association, the National Academy of Public Administration, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the Environmental Law Institute, the University of Montana Public Policy Research Institute, the Sacramento (CA) Area Council of Governments, the State of New York's Hudson River Estuary Program, AsiaPacific Centre for Complex Real Property Rights (and then used by the World Bank), Watershed Watch, 1000 Friends of Pennsylvania, Habitat for Humanity, and grassroots community groups across the U.S., among others.

“I aim to ‘build bridges’ in my scholarship – across disciplines, across fragmented areas of law, across theory and practice.”

Professor Arnold came to the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 2005 as the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use. He is a tenured professor of law, is a member of the graduate urban planning faculty in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs, and chairs the interdisciplinary Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, one of the KIESD centers.

Professor Arnold has published seven books or monographs, seven book chapters, and 25 scholarly articles, from which four books/monographs, one book chapter, and 12 scholarly articles have been produced within the past five years. These numbers, though, do not give a complete picture of the sheer volume of his scholarly productivity during this period. Professor Arnold has authored nearly every type of recognized and valued scholarship in legal education: law journal articles, scholarly books, a major casebook/textbook (He is currently working as a co-author on the very first Environmental Sustainability Law & Policy casebook), scholarly articles in other disciplines, treatise chapters (summaries of the law), and major books and reports for practical application in public policy and by professionals and communities. His articles have been downloaded more than 5,800 times on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).