Edward P. Weber received his B.A. in Political Science (1978) from Colorado State University, and his M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1996) in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Between 1978 and 1989, he worked in the private sector as a Project Manager and then CEO/owner of a small business. In 1996, Weber joined Washington State University as an assistant professor of Political Science, where he rose to the rank of Full Professor and in 2007 was named the College of Liberal Arts Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Policy. While at WSU, Weber also was the Director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service for eight years (2001-2008). In addition, he served as an Affiliated Professor in the joint WSU-University of Washington William Ruckelshaus Center for Policy Consensus, a Faculty Associate at the WSU Center for Integrated Biotechnology, and an Affiliated Professor in WSU’s Program in Environmental Science. From 2009 – 2012 Weber served as Professor and Director of the School of Environmental and Public Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Weber specializes in American political institutions, regulation, bureaucracy, and public policy. His research focuses on the role of bureaucracy and regulation in a democracy, and recent attempts to reinvent government and bring society back into the governing process, particularly the growing use of innovative regulatory programs, new ways to organize and control bureaucracy, and collaborative governance frameworks. Virtually all of these endeavors focus on the field of environmental/ natural resource policy, especially water resource policy, watershed governance, and sustainability.
Weber is the author of Bringing Society Back In: Grass-Roots Ecosystem Management, Accountability, and Sustainable Communities (MIT Press 2003) and Pluralism by the Rules: Conflict and Cooperation in Environmental Regulation (Georgetown University Press 1998). He has also published over 40 refereed journal articles and book chapters in outlets such as Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Society and Natural Resources, Policy Studies Journal, American Review of Public Administration, International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, Political Science, The Journal of Natural Resource Policy Research, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Small-Scale Forestry, Journal of Forestry, Global Environmental Change, and Environment.
From 2003 to 2005, Weber was Director of the WSU-International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan) Peace and Security Research Partnership, and in 2006 he completed a large ($650,000) 4-year project in Central Asia sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The project developed problem solving capacity for natural resource and agriculture-based problems using workshops, student and faculty exchanges, and field research. Weber was co-principal investigator and led a 12-member, multi-disciplinary team of economists, social scientists, and engineers from WSU and the Tashkent (Uzbekistan) Institute of Irrigation and Melioration through an extensive field research effort focused on new collaborative water user associations in Uzbekistan and their relationship, if any, to achieving the dual policy goals of environmental sustainability and improved agricultural productivity. From 2006 – 2008, he and two colleagues at the University of Washington led a $100,000 research effort on salmon recovery efforts in the Puget Sound (Washington) region for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Weber also served as a science advisor and program evaluator for the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation of Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. The work focused on the Institute’s national Innovations in American Government awards program. In 2003-2004, he was a member of the federal Northwest Straits Marine Conservation scientific review committee chaired by former U.S. EPA Administrator, William Ruckelshaus, and in 2004-2005 served as Senior Science Advisor to Shared Strategy for Puget Sound, a Northwest U.S. regional, state and federal collaborative initiative to restore historic salmon runs and the broader ecological health of the Puget Sound Area of Washington State. In addition, he is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Public Administration and Environmental Policy, having served in this role at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) in November 2010. From 2010 – 2012 Weber served as the academic representative for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council.
Weber has been a visiting lecturer and fellow at numerous universities around the world, including Nihon University Law School (Tokyo, Japan), the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), Lincoln University (New Zealand), the University of Bordeaux (France), the School of Environmental and Public Affairs at Indiana University, the University of California at Davis, the University of Colorado at Denver, Chatham House in the United Kingdom, the University of Montana Law School, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt University, Utah State University, Colorado State University (in 1998 and 2010), Pereyaslav State University (Ukraine), Chernihiv State Institute (Ukraine), and the Tashkent (Uzbekistan) Institute of Irrigation and Melioration. In October of 2006, Weber was a visiting Japan-International Christian University Foundation (JICUF) scholar at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.
He also has done consulting work for the U.S. Department of Energy, NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), the regional government of the Canterbury region in New Zealand (Environment Canterbury), the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and non-profit organizations in the western U.S.