Michael Greenberg is distinguished professor of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. He studies environmental health and risk analysis.

Michael R. Greenberg

Distinguished Professor
Edward W. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

Email: mrg@rutgers.edu


B.A., Hunter College
M.A. and Ph.D., Columbia (Geography) – 1969

Brief Biography

Michael Greenberg is distinguished professor of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. He studies environmental health and risk analysis.

Professor Greenberg has been a member of National Research Council Committees that focus on the destruction of the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile and nuclear weapons; chemical waste management; and the degradation of the U.S. government physical infrastructure, sustainability and the U.S. EPA, and served on the EPA Science Advisory Board environmental justice committee. He chaired a committee for the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committees examining the U.S. DOE’s prioritization of human health and safety in its environmental management programs. Professor Greenberg served as area editor for social sciences and then editor-in-chief of Risk Analysis: An International Journal during the period 2002-2013, and continues as associate editor for environmental health for the American Journal of Public Health. He has written more than 30 books and more than 300 articles. He was dean or associate dean of his school for 19 years

CRESP Projects

  • Understanding public preferences, risk beliefs and values about nuclear waste management and energy
  • Economic impacts of DOE-funded sites and programs


Greenberg M. Apostolakis G, Fields T, Goldstein B, Kosson D, Matthews RB, Krahn S, Rispoli J, Stewart J, Stewart R. (2018) Advancing Risk-Informed Decision-Making in Managing Defense Nuclear Waste in the United States: Opportunities and Challenges for Risk Analysis. Risk Analysis. First look, July.

Greenberg M. (2018) Siting Noxious Facilities: Integrating Location Economics and Risk Analysis to Protect Environmental Health and Investments, NY, Earthscan/Routledge, especially chapters 5-7.

MacDowell L. ed. (2017). Nuclear Portraits, Greenberg M, Mayer H, Powers C, Kosson D. Nuclear Waste Management and Nuclear Power: A Tale of Two Essential United States Department of Energy Sites in Idaho and New Mexico, in Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 217-237.

Greenberg M, Schneider D. (2017) Urban Planning and Public Health. Washington, DC, American Public Health Association, 2017, especially chapter 8, 169-190.

Greenberg M (2016). Explaining Risk Analysis: Protecting Health and the Environment. New York: Earthscan/Routledge, especially chapters 2 and 3.

Greenberg M, Weiner M, Kosson D, Powers C. (2014) Trust in the U.S. Department of Energy: a Post-Fukushima Rebound. Energy Research & Social Science, 2, 145-147.  http://www.academia.edu/28920344/Trust_in_the_U.S._Department_of_Energy_A_post-Fukushima_rebound

Greenberg M. (2014). Energy Policy and Research: The Underappreciation of Trust. Energy Research and Social Science, 1, 152-160. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/262880828_Energy_policy_and_research_The_underappreciation_of_trust

Greenberg M, Weiner M, Mayer H, Kosson D, Powers C. (2013) Sustainability as a Priority at Major U.S. Department of Energy’s Defense Sites: Surrounding Population Views, Sustainability,  6, 2013-2030; https://doi.org/10.3390/su6042013

Truelove H, Greenberg M, Powers C (2013). Are implicit associations with nuclear energy related to policy support? Evidence from the brief implicit association test. Environment and Behavior. April 2, 2013, online copy. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013916513480861

Greenberg M, Popper F., Truelove H. (2012) Are LULUs Still Enduringly Objectionable? Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 55, 713-731. https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2011.623070

Greenberg M. (2012). Nuclear Waste Management, Nuclear Power and Energy Choices: Public Preferences, Perceptions, and Trust, NY, Springer Publishers. 140 pp.  https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9781447142300

Greenberg M, Mayer H, Powers C. (2011). Public preferences for environmental management practices at DOE’s nuclear waste sites. Remediation, 21, 117-131. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/15206831/21/2

Greenberg M, Truelove H. (2011). Energy Choices and Perceived Risks: Is it just global warming and fear of a nuclear power plant accident? Risk Analysis, An International Journal. 31, 819-831.


Truelove H, Greenberg M. (2011). Preferences for government investment in energy programs: Support for new energy production vs. energy conservation. Environmental Practice. 13, 184,-197.  https://doi.org/10.1017/S1466046611000251

Greenberg M, Truelove H. (2010). Right Answers and Right-Wrong Answers: Sources of Information Influencing Knowledge of Nuclear-Related Information, Socioeconomic Planning Sciences, electronic publication, April 13, 44, 2010, 130-140.


Greenberg M. (2010). Energy Parks for Former Nuclear Weapons Sites? Public Preferences at Six Regional Locations and the United States as a Whole, Energy Policy, 38, 5098-5107.

DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2010.04.040

Greenberg M, West B, Lowrie K, Mayer H. (2009) The Reporters Handbook on Nuclear Materials, Energy, and Waste Management. Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-reporters-handbook-on-nuclear-materials-energy-and-waste-management-michael-r-greenberg/1015870315

Greenberg M. (2009) Energy sources, public policy, and public preferences: analysis of US national and site-specific data, Energy Policy, 37: 3242-3249. https://ideas.repec.org/a/eee/enepol/v37y2009i8p3242-3249.html

Greenberg M. (2009) NIMBY, CLAMP and the Location of New Nuclear-Related Facilities:  U.S. National and Eleven Site-Specific Surveys, Risk Analysis, An International Journal.  29, 1242-1254. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1539-

Greenberg M. (2009) What Environmental Issues Do People Who Live Near Major Nuclear Facilities Worry About? Analysis of National and Site-Specific Data, Environmental Planning and Management. 52, 919-937. 04 Sep 2009. https://doi.org/10.1080/09640560903181063

M. Greenberg, Energy Parks for Former Nuclear Weapons Sites? Public Preferences at Six Regional Locations and the United States as a Whole, Energy Policy, volume 38, 5098-5107, 2010.

Recent Federal Government Committees

Member, National Research Council, Committee on Scientific Tools and Approaches for Sustainability, 2013-2014

Chair, Omnibus Review Committee, A Review of the Use of Risk-Informed Management in the     Cleanup Program for Former Defense Nuclear Sites, 2014-2105 for Appropriations Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives

Member, National Research Council, Committee on Plutonium Disposition, 2017-18

Member, National Research Council, Committee on Decision-Making Approaches for U.S.            Government Agencies, 2018-present

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