Profile: Michael Greenberg

— Dr. Michael Greenberg, Professor and Director of the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment of Rutgers University; Director of the National Center for Transportation Security Excellence, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Jersey (USA). Dr. Greenberg studies urban environmental, health and neighborhood redevelopment policies.

Michael Greenberg earned his doctorate at Columbia University and taught at that institution from 1969 to 1971. He has been at Rutgers since then. In his early years, Michael focused on water resource and hazardous waste management, demographic, economic and environmental health implications of nuclear power generation, risk perception, risk communications, and spatial distribution of cancer and environmental hazards. All of these were directly tied to environmental policy issues.

Dr. Greenberg’s most recent research focuses on the cleanup and reuse of contaminated sites and public perception of environmental policy. His books include Urbanization and Cancer Mortality (1983), Hazardous Waste Sites: The Credibility Gap (1984), Public Health and the Environment (1987), Environmental Risk and the Press (1987), Environmentally Devastated Neighborhoods in the United States (1996), and Restoring America’s Neighborhoods: What Local People Can Do (2003). In 2008, Environmental Policy Analysis and Practice was published. His most recent book is the Reporters Handbook on Nuclear Materials, Energy, and Waste Management (2009)

Professor Greenberg has contributed more than 550 publications to scientific journals like Cancer Research, American Journal of Epidemiology, and public interest ones like Urban Affairs Review, Housing Policy Debate, Society, The Sciences, and Public Interest. Dr. Greenberg serves as Associate Editor for Environmental Health for the American Journal of Public Health, and is Editor-in-Chief of Risk Analysis, an International Journal. Michael may be contacted at

Updated: January 2010