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Richard Andrews

Faculty Fellow, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy


Richard (Pete) Andrews is professor emeritus of environmental policy in the Departments of Public Policy and Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught for 35 years. He served for 10 years as director of UNC’s Institute for Environmental Studies, the predecessor of the present Institute for the Environment, and he continues to serve as a faculty fellow in the Institute for the Environment, working on contemporary environmental policy questions.

His research and teaching interests have focused on the historical development of American environmental policy, and on the various policy tools used to try to achieve environmental goals. Among other publications, he is the author of “Managing the Environment, Managing Ourselves: A History of American Environmental Policy,” the third edition of which was published by Yale University Press in March 2020.

He has served on study committees for the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, as well as two terms on the National Research Council’s Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change. Before joining the UNC faculty in 1981, he held an appointment for two years in the Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, then taught for nine years as assistant and then associate professor in the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources.


Ph.D., Environmental Planning and Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972

Master of Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1970

B.A., Philosophy, Yale University, 1966