Michael Boswell, Ph.D.
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Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University, Tallahassee. 2000.
M.S.P. Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University, Tallahassee. 1991.
B.A. Political Science, University of Central Florida, Orlando. 1989.
Areas of Interest
Environmental and natural resources planning
Climate action planning & sustainability
Natural hazard mitigation and management
Water resources planning and management
Professor Boswell has published on topics such as climate action planning, hazard mitigation, adaptive management and governance, local government planning and decision-making, and sustainable development. He is co-author of the book Local Climate Action Planning published by Island Press. He recently initiated and directed the first California Climate Action Planning Conference in cooperation with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. At Cal Poly, he served as Co-director for the update of California’s State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan and creation of the Climate Adaptation Planning Guide, under contract with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Dr. Boswell’s other research projects have focused on examining the effectiveness of a nation-wide Clean Water Act program (NPDES Phase II) aimed at addressing non-point source pollution. Dr. Boswell worked as a professional planner for Brevard County, Florida, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. His public service leadership includes serving on the advocacy committee and formally the board of the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition and formally serving as a member and Chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Planning Commission.
Boswell, Michael R., Adrienne I. Greve, and Tammy L. Seale. 2010. “An Assessment of the Link between Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories and Climate Action Plans.” Journal of the American Planning Association 76(4): 451-462.
Boswell, Michael R., William J. Siembieda, and Kenneth C. Topping. 2010. “Post-disaster Assessment of the Performance of Hazard Mitigation Projects: The California SMART Approach.” Journal of Disaster Research 5(2): 172-179.
White, Stacey Swearingen and Michael R. Boswell. 2007. “Stormwater Quality and Local Government Innovation.” Journal of the American Planning Association 73(2): 185-193.
White, Stacey Swearingen and Michael R. Boswell. 2006. “Planning for Water Quality: Implementation of the NPDES Phase II Program in California and Kansas.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 49(1): 141-160.
Boswell, Michael R., Robert E. Deyle, Richard A. Smith, and E. Jay Baker. 1999. “A Quantitative Method for Estimating Public Costs of Hurricanes.” Environmental Management 23(3): 359‑372.
Books & Book Chapters
Boswell, Michael R., Adrienne I. Greve, and Tammy L. Seale. 2012. Local Climate Action Planning. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.
Boswell, Michael R. 2005. “The Emergence of New Governance Systems in the South Florida Ecosystem.” Chapter in Adaptive Governance of Water Conflicts. John Scholz and Bruce Stiftel, eds. Washington, D.C.: Resources for the Future Press.
Stiftel, Bruce and Michael R. Boswell. 1999. “Assumptions and Alternatives Testing in Florida Comprehensive Plans: Do We Plan the Future or Project the Present?” Chapter 5 in Charting Florida’s Future. Lance deHaven‑Smith and Dena Hurst, eds. Tallahassee, Florida: Florida Institute of Government.
Boswell, Michael R. and Ivonne Audirac. 1997. “Rural Sustainable Development: A New Regionalism.” Chapter 13 in Rural Sustainability in America. Ivonne Audirac, ed. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Articles, Monographs & Reports
State of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. 2013 “State of California Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.” Michael R. Boswell, contributor.
Boswell, Michael R., Tammy L. Seale, and Adrienne I. Greve. 2012. “Climate Action Planning is Good Planning.” Florida Planning (Summer): 6-7.
State of California Emergency Management Agency and Natural Resources Agency. 2012. “California Climate Adaptation Planning Guide.” Michael R. Boswell, contributor.
State of California Emergency Management Agency. 2010 (October). “State of California Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.” Michael R. Boswell, contributor.
Boswell, Michael R., William J. Siembieda, Kenneth C. Topping. 2008. “Local Hazard Mitigation Planning in California.” Report prepared for State of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
Boswell, Michael R., William J. Siembieda, Kenneth C. Topping. 2007 (August 24). “State Mitigation Assessment Review Team: Initial Framework and Pilot Project.” Report prepared for State of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
State of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. 2007 (October). “State of California Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.” Michael R. Boswell, contributor.
Siembieda, William J., Michael R. Boswell, and Jerry Sturmer. 2003. “Principal Components of Master Planned Communities: A Comparative International Study.” Private contract work for URBI Corporation, Tijuana, Mexico.
Deyle, Robert E., Michael R. Boswell, E. Jay Baker. 2002. “A Risk-based Method for Assessing Local Government Costs of Private Development in Hazardous Areas.” Tallahassee, Florida: The Florida State University.
American Institute of Certified Planners
American Planning Association
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
Association of Environmental Professionals
League of American Bicyclists
San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition
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