The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Charles Schweik

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Charles SchweikMartha Fuentes-Bautista
School of Public Policy & Department of 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) and an affiliated researcher with the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Initiative, and serves 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, focuses on information technology (and its use in environmental management contexts and in “collaborative governance” situations. His recent publications include the book Internet Success: A Study of Open Source Software Commons (MIT Press, 2012), coauthored with SPP alumnus 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. Schweik 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.

Schweik received a PhD in public policy from Indiana University and an MPA from Syracuse University.

Research interests: 

environmental policy and management, public information technology and digital government