Charles Schweik

School of Public Policy/Environmental Conservation


324 Holdsworth Hall


(413) 545-1824

Charlie Schweik is a Professor of Environmental Conservation and Public Policy. He is also an associate director of the National Center for Digital Government (NCDG), an affiliated researcher with the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Initiative, and acts as a faculty contact for SPP students interested in environmental policy. His current research, funded through grants from the US National Science Foundation and the USDA Forest Service, focus on information technology (IT) and its use in environmental management contexts and in “collaborative governance” situations. Recent publications include a book entitled Internet Success: A Study of Open Source Software Commons (2012, MIT Press, co-authored with MPPA alumnae Bob English) and a paper in the Journal of Public Administration Theory and Research on the use of IT to move public administration scholarship forward. He and his research team are currently working on a project funded by the USDA Forest Service utilizing smartphone technology to encourage government-citizen collaboration in invasive species management. His early research focused on changing landscapes using Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing, and took him to regions as remote as the forests of Nepal.

Research interests: 

environmental policy and management, public information technology and digital government


Ph.D. in Public Policy: Indiana University, 1998; M.P.A.: Syracuse University, 1991

Courses taught: 

PUBP&ADM 631: Information Technology in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors; PUBP&ADM 697B: ST-Geographic Information Systems; PUBP&A 697C: GIS - LAB


Environmental policy and management; public information technology; digital government; the commons