Rob Melnick

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, School of Sustainability, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Presidential Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability

Arizona State University
Global Institute of Sustainability
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402
USA
480-965-5233
Email: Rob.Melnick@asu.edu

Biography

Dr. Melnick is the executive director and chief operating officer of the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU), one of the largest research universities in the United States. The Institute, which includes ASU's School of Sustainability, is the primary vehicle by which the university establishes and pursues a comprehensive set of goals on sustainability education, research, and practice. Prior to this position, he served ASU as director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy from 1987-2008 and also as associate vice president for economic affairs from 2002-2008. Dr. Melnick holds academic appointments as research scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability and as Presidential Professor of Practice in the School of Sustainability. Immediately prior to his work for ASU, Dr. Melnick was a senior fellow and vice president of the Hudson Institute where he was in charge of policy studies on employment and education. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Melnick conducts research on urban growth and economic development. He is the co-author of three books and numerous public policy research studies. Rob has a bachelor's degree in government from Dartmouth College and earned his master's degree and Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

Expertise

public policy; urban development; economic development; scenario analysis; strategic planning; corporate relations; sustainability policy

Education

    Ph.D., Educational Technology, Arizona State University, 1980

    M.A., Media, Arizona State University, 1973

    B.A., Government, Dartmouth College, 1972

Book Chapters

2007

Oneill, D. 2007. Can a sustainable economy be a competitive economy?. In: Heffernon, R., N. Welch and R. Melnick eds., Sustainability for Arizona: The Issue of Our Age. Morrison Institute for Public Policy. (link)

Posters

2009

Shears, B. L., C. L. Redman and R. Melnick. 2009. Global Institute of Sustainability. Estes Park, CO. Poster presented at 14-16 September 20009 LTER All Scientists Meeting, Integrating Science and Society in a World of Constant Change.

Presentations

2012

Melnick, R. 2012. Sustainability and philanthropy. Presentation at the September 2012, Board of Trustees of the Virginia G. Piper Trust.

Melnick, R. 2012. Training government officials on sustainability policy making. Presentation at the May 2012 Resileint Cities 2012 Congress, Bonn, Germany.

Melnick, R. 2012. Sustainability and cultural context. Presentation for June 2012, Henkel Corporation Annual Series on Sustainability, Dusselforf, Germany.

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Reports

2008

Gammage, G., J. S. Hall, R. E. Lang, R. Melnick and N. Welch. 2008. Megapolitan: Arizona's sun corridor. Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University.

2007

Gammage, G., N. Welch, R. Melnick, J. D. Godchaux, R. Heffernon, D. Berman, B. Hart, R. Toon, K. Jacobs, B. Lewkowitz, D. D. Bennett and Y. Artibise. 2007. The future at Pinal: Making choices / making places. Morrison Institute for Public Policy. (link)

Heffernon, R., N. Welch and R. Melnick. 2007. Sustainability for Arizona: The issue of our age. Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Published November 2007. (link)

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