Michael R. Boswell is a Professor in City & Regional Planning at Cal Poly--San Luis Obispo. He has a Master of Science (M.S.P.) and Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Planning from Florida State University. He 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-aouthor of the book Local Climate Action Planning from Island Press and recently co-authored “An Assessment of the Link between Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories and Climate Action Plans” in the Journal of the American Planning Association (76,4). He served as Co-director (with Ken Topping and William Siembieda) for the 2007 & 2010 updates of the California’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan, under contract with the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA). 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 as a Planning Commissioner for the City of San Luis Obispo (Calif.) and on the board of the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition.