Staff Directory


George Busenberg, PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Policy

Director of Environmental Studies

Phone: 949-480-4213

Fax: 949-480-4261


Academic Administration - Undergraduate Program Staff

Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Rice University

Positions Held

  • At SUA since 2009 
  • 2002-2009, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver
  • 2000-2002, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • 1997-2000, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

  • Environmental Policy and Oil Pollution Prevention
  • Environmental Policy and Wilderness Protection

Selected Papers, Publications & Lectures

  • Busenberg, George J. 2013. Oil and Wilderness in Alaska: Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, and National Policy Dynamics. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
  • Busenberg, George J. 2011. The Policy Dynamics of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Review of Policy Research 28(5): 401-422.
  • Busenberg, George J. 2010. Collaboration, Citizen Participation and Environmental Protection in the Marine Oil Trade of Alaska. In Dorothy Norris-Tirell and Joy A. Clay, eds., Strategic Collaboration in Public and Nonprofit Administration: A Practice-Based Approach to Solving Shared Problems. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis Group CRC Press.
  • Busenberg, George J. 2008. Managing the Hazard of Marine Oil Pollution in Alaska. Review of Policy Research 25(3): 203-218.
  • Busenberg, George J. 2007. Citizen Participation and Collaborative Environmental Management in the Marine Oil Trade of Coastal Alaska. Coastal Management 35: 239-253.
  • Busenberg, George J. 2004. Adaptive Policy Design for the Management of Wildfire Hazards. American Behavioral Scientist 48(3): 314-326.
  • Busenberg, George J. 2004. Wildfire Management in the United States: The Evolution of a Policy Failure. Review of Policy Research 21(2): 145-156.
  • Busenberg, George J. 2001. Learning in Organizations and Public Policy.
    Journal of Public Policy 21(2): 173-189.
  • Busenberg, George J. 2000. Resources, Political Support, and Citizen Participation in Environmental Policy:    A Reexamination of Conventional Wisdom. Society & Natural Resources 13: 579-587.
  • Busenberg, George J. 2000. Innovation, Learning, and Policy Evolution in Hazardous Systems.
    American Behavioral Scientist 44(4): 679-691.
  • Lynn, Frances M., Busenberg, George J., Cohen, Nevin, and Caron Chess. 2000. Chemical Industry's Community Advisory Panels: What Has Been Their Impact?
    Environmental Science & Technology 34(10): 1881-1886.
  • Busenberg, George J. 1999. Collaborative and Adversarial Analysis in Environmental Policy.
    Policy Sciences 32: 1-11.
  • Busenberg, George J. 1999. The Evolution of Vigilance: Disasters, Sentinels and Policy Change. Environmental Politics 8(4): 90-109. 
  • Lynn, Frances M., and George J. Busenberg. 1995. Citizen Advisory Committees and Environmental Policy: What We Know, What's Left to Discover. Risk Analysis 15(2): 147-162.

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Environmental Management
  • Nature and Humanity
  • Environmental Policy
  • Modes of Inquiry
  • Learning Cluster: Disasters and Emergency Management
  • Environmental Law
  • International and Comparative Environmental Policy
  • Learning Cluster: Protecting Natural Areas

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, 2005