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Steven Alan Cohen

Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs; Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, The Earth Institute
School: 
International & Public Affairs
Office: 
Earth Institute, 2910 Broadway, Hogan Hall A-104
Email: 
sc32@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-4445
Fax: 
212-864-3748
Appointments
  • Director, Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy
  • Director, Masters of Science in Sustainability Management
  • Director, Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management
Biography

Steven Cohen is the Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and a Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, and the Director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management. From 2002 to 2006, he directed education programs at the Earth Institute. From 1998 to 2001, Cohen was Vice Dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. From 1985 to 1998, he was the Director of Columbia's Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration. From 1987-1998, Cohen was Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum at SIPA.

He is a graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn (1970), Franklin College of Indiana (1974) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (M.A., 1977; Ph.D., 1979). In 1976-77, Cohen was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Environmental Policy; in 1978-79, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Public and Environmental Policy and Implementation.

Dr. Cohen served as a policy analyst in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1977 through 1978 and 1980-81, and as consultant to the agency from 1981 through 1991, from 1994 to 1996 and from 2005 to 2010. From 1979-1980 he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science  at West Virginia University and from1981-1987 he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. From 1990-94, Cohen served on the Board of the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs; he has also served on the Executive Committee and Committee on Accreditation and Peer Review of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. From 2001 to 2004, he served on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. He serves on the Board of Directors of Homes for the Homeless.

Cohen is the author of Sustainability Management (2011),Understanding Environmental Policy (2006) and The Effective Public Manager (1988) as well the co-author of   The Responsible Contract Manager (2008), Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation (2005), The Effective Public Manager 3rd and 4th editions(2002, 2008), Tools for Innovators: Creative Strategies for Managing Public Sector Organizations (1998), The New Effective Public Manager (1995), Total Quality Management in Government (1993), Environmental Regulation Through Strategic Planning (1991), and numerous articles on public management innovation, public ethics, sustainability management, politics and environmental management. He also writes a blog for The Huffington Post.

Dr. Cohen has taught courses in public management, policy analysis, environmental policy, management innovation, and sustainability management. In 1982 Cohen developed, and until 2001, directed Columbia's Workshops in Applied Public Management and Applied Policy Analysis; bringing practical professional education into the center of Columbia's Public Administration curriculum. He has conducted professional training seminars in total quality management, strategic planning, project management and management innovation.

Research & Other Works
Report
Public Participation and Shaping Urban Development: The Case of the Atlantic Yard and Nets Arena Project in Brooklyn
Report
Case Study: Sustainability Planning in New York City
Presentation
A Teaching Note on the Role of Distance Learning in Case Instruction: The Course in Sustainability Management at Columbia University
Report
Case Study: Understanding Solar Power Adoption in the United States
Report
Using Environmental Clean-Up Funds to Replace the Tappan Zee Bridge
Presentation
The Role of Faculty, Student Groups, Teaching Assistants, and the Web in Teaching Large Management Classes
Article
A positive vision of sustainability
Article
What is Stopping the Renewable Energy Transformation and What Can the U.S. Government Do?
Book chapter
The SAGE Handbook of Governance: Contracting Out
Report
The Use of the Internet in Government Service Delivery
Article
Trends in 20th Century United States Government Ethics
Book chapter
Using Strategic Information Systems to Improve Contracted Services and Assess Privatization Options
Book chapter
Life Cycle Assessment and the U.S. Policy-Making Context
Article
Yes, global warming caused this
Presentation
Promoting Public Service in Sustainability through Research, Education, Outreach, and Practice
Report
Independent Contracting Policy and Management Analysis
Presentation
The Role of Capstone Workshops in Connecting Environmental Policy Masters Students to Employer Communities
Presentation
The Expanding Role of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management in Educating Professionals: The Case of Columbia University
Working paper
The Growth of Sustainability Metrics (Sustainability Metrics White Paper Series: 1 of 3)
Article
Sustainability and Management Competence
Article
The Irrelevance of Global Climate Talks
Article
Sustainable New York City: A Work in Progress
Article
Ethics and the Public Administrator
Book chapter
Employing Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation
Article
When Government Is Reinvented, Ethics and Entrepreneurship Can Peacefully Coexist
Article
Trends in 20th Century United States Government Ethics
Article
A Strategic Framework for Devolving Responsibility and Functions from Government to the Private Sector
Article
Options for management of municipal solid waste in New York City: A preliminary comparison of health risks and policy implications
Article
Catastrophe and the Public Service: A Case Study of the Government Response to the Destruction of the World Trade Center
Article
Climate Change 2011: A Status Report on US Policy
Report
America Works' Criminal Justice Program: Providing Second Chances Through Work
Article
Strategic Regulatory Planning in the Management of Hazardous Materials
Open Data and the Future of Funded Research
Presentation
Management Fundamentals: Leadership, Standard Operating Procedures and Human Resources
 

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