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Rob Melnick

Rob Melnick
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Executive Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability/School of Sustainability
Presidential Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402

Dr. Melnick is the executive director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU), one of the largest research universities in the United States. The Wrigley Sustainability 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 Wrigley Sustainability Institute 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.

PhD, Educational Technology, Arizona State University, 1980

MA, Media, Arizona State University, 1973

BA, Government, Dartmouth College, 1972

Journal Articles


Wiek, A., J. Harlow, R. Melnick, S. van der Leeuw, K. Fukushi, K. Takeuchi, F. Farioli, F. Yamba, A. Blake, C. Geiger and R. Kutter. 2015. Sustainability science in action: A review of the state of the field through case studies on disaster recovery, bioenergy, and precautionary purchasing. Sustainability Science 10(1):17-31. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-014-0261-9. (link )



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.



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

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. 2011. Combining technology, financing and behavior to create resilience through energy efficiency. Presentation at the June 2011 Resilient Cities 2011, Bonn Germany.

Melnick, R. 2011. Urbanization and sustainability in the country of Georgia: The role of public policy. Presentation at the October 2011, National Librairy, Tbilsi, Georgia.



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.


Gammage, G., N. Welch, R. Melnick, J. D. Godchaux, R. Heffernon, D. Berman, B. Hart, R. Toon, K. L. 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 )


Gammage, G., R. Melnick, R. Heffernon, E. Slechta, N. Welch, D. Berman, B. Hart, R. Toon, T. R. Rex, K. Hill, D. Willie, R. M. Turner, T. S. Rossi, J. M. Holway, B. L. Hallin and R. S. Siegel. 2006. The treasure of the Superstitions: Scenarios for the future of superstition vistas. Morrison Institute for Public Policy. (link )