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Established in 2006 by the University of Maryland, College Park, as a University-wide Research Center at the School of Public Policy, the Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) provides a focal point for multidisciplinary environmental research and collaboration on local, regional, national and international scales.

Research Network

CIER supports a broad network of researchers from the University and other leading organizations who bring critical perspectives to our mission from the physical, engineering, natural, social and health sciences. Multi-disciplinary research is conducted in collaboration with the University of Maryland’s:

  • A. James Clark School of Engineering
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
  • School of Public Health
  • College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • Robert H. Smith School of Business

    Our researchers, student research assistants, and affiliates, collaborate on a wide range of projects, publications, and events.

    Research Informing Practice

    Our research is designed to provide practical tools, strategies and information to a wide range of decision makers. Those using CIER research include:

    • Government leaders in the US (state agencies, legislative bodies), the European Union, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Norway
    • Industry leaders and associations
    • National and international nongovernmental organizations
    • Maryland government agencies
    • University of Maryland System and the College Park campus

    Sponsors and Partners

    The independent, timely research from the Center is supported through grants, contracts and gifts, as well as creative collaborations with our sponsors and partners from federal, state and local governments, international organizations, and foundations.


  • Former CIER Staff & Researchers

    Andy Blohm

    Mark Olsthoorn
    PhD Student in Energy Strategy
    Grenoble School of Management

    Kim Ross
    National Center for Smart Growth
    University of Maryland

    Matthias Ruth
    Public Policy
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Northeastern University

    Sean Williamson
    Environmental Finance Center
    University of Maryland