Professor Hollander is interested in how cities and regions manage physical change during periods of growth and decline and the cognitive, health, and social dimensions of community well-being.

As the director of the Urban Attitudes Lab, Hollander studies the intersection between technology, planning, and design through social media data analysis and psychological research.

Professor Hollander has written eight books and over 75 articles, book chapters, and reports on legacy cities, Big Data, brownfields, and urban design, including Urban Social Listening: Potential and Pitfalls for Using Microblogging Data in Studying Cities, An Ordinary City: Planning for Growth and Decline in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and the 2021 Urban Experience and Design

In 2020, he launched the Pandemic Places Project,in response to the Coronavirus crisis.

He is regularly called upon as an expert for a variety of media sources on planning and policy issues, including:


You can view a portfolio of urban planning and design projects he has led, working with Tufts students. He hosts an Apple podcast Cognitive Urbanism and produces the web series Hubbub"