Research Overview

Policy analysis involves systematically studying alternative policies, including programs, regulations, and budgets, with a particular emphasis on determining whether the policies achieve desired goals and outcomes. It usually is performed in the public sector and is commonly referred to a public policy analysis. Natural resources policy making often is complicated by the need to evaluate positive and negative environmental, economic and social externalities. Sustainable development seeks to protect and managing our natural resources so they are available for future generations and give careful careful and thoughtful consideration to the environmental, economic, and social aspects of alternative courses of action so advances in one area do not come at the expense of the others.

Faculty Reseach

Featherstone evaluates various environmental programs to determine their effective in achieving desirable outcomes. For example, he has been active in researching green infrastructure and stormwater, including Philadelphia’s Green Cities, Clean Water program, and has received over $8 million in research funding.

Technical Capabilities

Environmental Policy Analysis
Multidisciplinary Project Management
Sustainability Studies
Water Resources Planning and management

Recent Publications

3. Creating a Sustainable City: Philadelphia’s Green City Clean Water’s Program.
Jeffrey Featherstone, Marc Cammarata, Mellissa Barletta, and William Devine 47th ISOCARP Congress (2011).

2. Institutions for Interstate Water Resources Management.
Mandarano, Lynn A., Featherstone, Jeffrey P., and Paulsen, Kurt. G.
Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol. 44, No. 1, 136-147 (2008).


1. Conservation Induced Wastewater Flow Reductions Improve Nitrogen Removal: Evidence from New York City.
Paulsen, Kurt G., Featherstone, Jeffrey P., and Greene, Sean
Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol. 43, No. 6, 1570-1582 (2007).

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