Research Priorities 2012-2016

January 20, 2016

Land Economics Foundation Grants Available

The Land Economics Foundation (LEF) of Lambda Alpha International (LAI) is seeking proposals that advance the field of land economics from qualified individuals, publications, non-profit organizations, or institutions.  LEF is a not-for-profit charitable foundation created in 1965 to administer a grant-making investment fund on behalf of the membership of Lambda Alpha, the honorary society for the promotion of land economics.

Typical grant amounts range from $5,000 to $25,000, with preference given to projects with multiple funding sources that can leverage the LEF grant.  LEF funds several projects each year.  These grants can be applied to planning projects, academic research, books, conferences, historical archiving, topical educational events, and related activities.

The LEF Board is currently focused on these key priority subject areas to guide its grant review:

Utilization of Benefit-Cost Analyses

LEF believes an improved understanding and usage of benefit-cost analysis will facilitate better urban decision-making through the funding of educational and research projects that:

  • Educate urban decision-makers and their staff on the value of employing benefit-cost analysis to help them make the best possible decisions given the limited resources at their disposal.
  • Provide concrete examples of benefit-cost analyses and how they contribute to more sustainable decisions.
  • Review existing benefit-cost analyses with the objective of improving the quality and relevance of such analyses undertaken in the future.

Sustainable Infrastructure and Land Utilization

LEF believes that an analysis of the interconnectivity of infrastructure investments and planning policies will lead to more sustainable planning decisions through educational and research projects that include:

  • Infrastructure investments where the land use planning framework facilitated the financial viability of the investments.
  • Infrastructure investments where the land use planning framework inhibited the financial and economic viability of the investments.
  • Examination of the relationship between infrastructure investments and land use planning.

Revitalization of Obsolete Urban Centers and Subareas

LEF believes that the study of declining urban areas or specific subareas can lead to policies and programs for revitalization; subsequently it is interested in funding activities and research that:

  • Increases understanding of the causal forces and implications of declining cities and sub-areas and policies and programs targeted at reversing decline.
  • Provides a focus on urban areas and/or subareas and assesses policies for dealing with the issue of decline.
  • Educates urban policy makers on the factors at work and possible policies and programs to revitalize or to stabilize areas characterized by decline.

LEF accepts research and related educational proposals on a continual basis and meets regularly to review these proposals. Researchers, faculty, authors, and land use professionals are encouraged to consider applying for an LEF grant and to share this post with others in their schools, organizations, and research networks who might be interested.

Read the proposal guidelines and apply online

Please direct questions to:
Jon B. DeVries, AICP, CRE
Vice-President, Research Committee
Land Economics Foundation, Lambda Alpha International