Research Grants/Fellowships/SBIR

Incorporating public views into the environmental policy process

EPA Grant Number: U914786
Title: Incorporating public views into the environmental policy process
Investigators: Hamilton, James A.
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
EPA Project Officer: Broadway, Virginia
Project Period: January 1, 1995 through January 1, 1996
Project Amount: $68,000
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (1995) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Fellowship - Social Sciences , Economics and Decision Sciences , Academic Fellowships



The objective of this research project is to study new methods to effectively incorporate the public, and their views, into meaningful participation in the environmental policy process. To accomplish this objective, the social forces that influence community perceptions will be researched, as well as the techniques of policy development and implementation. My initial work, therefore, will take place in the classroom, followed by hypothesis development. Validation and ultimate refinement will be accomplished using current data from an ongoing environmental project at the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR). The MMR site was chosen for this study because it is a sizable project, the public has been actively involved in the policy process for several years, and there exists substantial documentation of past public participation efforts.

Supplemental Keywords:

fellowship, environmental policy, public, community, policy development, implementation, public participation, social science, Massachusetts Military Reservation, MMR., RFA, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Scientific Discipline, Geographic Area, State, decision-making, Social Science, Economics & Decision Making, coalition formation, policy making, community involvement, collaborative resolution, environmental decision making, decision making, Massachusetts (MA), community based environmental planning, environmental policy, community participation, community-based