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Clarkson Chair Planning Research Guide: 2022 Clarkson Chair: Sheila Foster

Sheila Foster

Sheila Foster Sheila Foster a Professor of Law and Public Policy (joint appointment with the McCourt School). Prior to joining Georgetown, she was a University Professor and the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law at Fordham University. She also co-directed the Fordham Urban Law Center and was a founder of the Fordham University Urban Consortium. She served as Associate Dean and then Vice Dean at Fordham Law School from 2008-2014. Prior to joining Fordham, she was a Professor of Law at the Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey.
Professor Foster writes in the areas of environmental law and justice, urban land use law and policy, and state and local government.


Foley, R. W., O. Sylvain and S. Foster (2022). "Innovation and equality: an approach to constructing a community governed network commons." Journal of Responsible Innovation 9(1): 49-73.

Foster, S., R. Leichenko, K. H. Nguyen, R. Blake, H. Kunreuther, M. Madajewicz, E. P. Petkova, R. Zimmerman, C. Corbin‐Mark, E. Yeampierre, A. Tovar, C. Herrera and D. Ravenborg (2019). "New York City Panel on Climate Change 2019 Report Chapter 6: Community‐Based Assessments of Adaptation and Equity." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1439(1): 126-173.

Wu, D. and S. R. Foster (2019). "From Smart Cities to Co-Cities: Emerging Legal and Policy Responses to Urban Vacancy." Fordham Urb. LJ 47: 909.

Zimmerman, R., S. Foster, J. E. González, K. Jacob, H. Kunreuther, E. P. Petkova and E. Tollerson (2019). "New York City Panel on Climate Change 2019 Report Chapter 7: Resilience Strategies for Critical Infrastructures and Their Interdependencies." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1439(1): 174-229.

Foster, S. R. (2017). "The Limits of Mobility and the Persistence of Urban Inequality." Yale LJF 127: 480.

Foster, S. R. and C. Iaione (2016). "The City as a Commons." Yale law & policy review 34(2): 281-349.

Lenhardt, R. A., E. B. Cooper, S. R. Foster and S. K. Katyal (2008). "Forty years of Loving: Confronting issues of race, sexuality, and the family in the twenty-first century." Fordham law review 76(6): 2669-2684.

Nicola, F. G. and S. Foster (2014). "Comparative urban governance for lawyers." The Fordham urban law journal 42(1): 1.

Foster, S. R. (2014). "Breaking up payday: anti-agglomeration zoning and consumer welfare." Ohio State law journal 75(1): 57.

Davidson, N. M. and S. R. Foster (2013). "The mobility case for regionalism." U.C. Davis law review 47(1): 70.

Foster, S. R. (2011). "Collective Action and the Urban Commons " The Notre Dame law review 87(1): 57-133.

Foster, S. R. and D. Bonilla (2011). "The Social Function of Property: A Comparative Perspective Introduction." Fordham law review 80(3): 1003-1015.

Foster, S. R. (2009). "Urban Informality as a Commons Dilemma." The University of Miami inter-American law review 40(2): 261-284.

Foster, S. R. (2009). "Environmental justice and the Constitution." Environmental law reporter 39(5): 10347.

Foster, S. R. and B. Glick (2007). "Integrative Lawyering: Navigating the Political Economy of Urban Redevelopment." California law review 95(5): 1999-2072.

Foster, S. R. (2006). "The city as an ecological space: social capital and urban land use." The Notre Dame law review 82(2): 527.

Foster, S. R. (2005). "Critical Race Lawyering: Foreword." Fordham Law Review 73(5): 2027.

Foster, S. R. (2005). "Causation in antidiscrimination law: beyond intent versus impact." Houston law review 41(5): 1469.

Foster, S. R. (2003). "From Harlem to Havana: Sustainable Urban Development." Tulane environmental law journal 16: 783-805.

Afilalo, A. and S. Foster (2003). "The World Trade Organization's anti-discrimination jurisprudence: free trade, national sovereignty, and environmental health in the balance." Georgetown international environmental law review 15(4): 633-633.

Foster, S. (2002). "Environmental justice in an era of devolved collaboration." SSRN Electronic Journal 26(2): 459-498.

Foster, S. R. (2000). "Meeting the environmental justice challenge: evolving norms in environmental decision making." Environmental law reporter 30(11): 10992.

Other publications

Local Responses to Climate-Forced Displacement & Migration:Uniting Mayors and City Leaders as Global Champions, Report prepared for the Global Parliament of Mayors, June 2021 (with Kamal Amakrane)

(2020). Urban Commons. obo in Urban Studies. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780190922481-0015