Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs Arch Professor of Public and International Affairs Full Professor of Public Administration and Policy

Curriculum Vitae

  • PhD, Yale University 1996, Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • MS, Yale University 1994, Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • MALD, Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1990
  • AB, Harvard University 1988, Anthropology
More About

Matthew R. Auer is Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs and Arch Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on the politics of decision-making in the arenas of environmental protection, energy policy, and forest policy. His recent research considers social media as a space for influencing users’ perspectives of environmental risks.

Areas of Expertise
  • International Forest Policy
  • International Energy Policy
  • International Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Communication
  • Policy Sciences
  • Foreign Aid
Selected Publications

Auer. Matthew R. and Hexamer, Benjamin. 2022. “Income and Insurability as Factors in Wildfire Risk,” Forests 2022, 13(7), 1130;

Auer, Matthew R. 2021. “Considering Equity in Wildfire Protection,” Sustainability Science.

Auer, Matthew R. 2021. “Proverbs of Administration at 75. Long Live Proverbs?” Teaching Public Administration.

Auer, Matthew R. 2021. “Covid-19 Crisis Communications: The Challenge for Environmental Organizations,” Environmental Science and Policy, Vol. 115, No. 1: 151-155.

Auer, Matthew R. 2019, “Environmental Sustainability in the Age of Climate Change,” Sustainability, Vol. 11, No. 18, 5001.

Auer, Matthew R. 2017. “Rescuing the Decision Process,” Policy Sciences, Vol. 50, No. 4: 519-526.

Auer, Matthew R. 2016. “The Hardest Part of Integrated Planning,” Planning for Higher Education, Vol. 44, No. 2: 3-7.

Auer, Matthew and Fu, King-wa. 2015. “Clearing the Air: Investigating Weibo Censorship in China,” Index on Censorship, Vol. 44, No. 3: 76-79.

Auer, Matthew R. 2014. “Collective Action and the Evolution of Social Norms: The Principled Optimism of Elinor Ostrom,” Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, Vol. 6, No. 4: 265-271.

Auer, Matthew R., Zhang, Yuman, Lee, Priscilla. 2014. “The Potential of Microblogs for the Study of Public Perceptions of Climate Change,” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, Vol. 5 (May/June): 291-296.

Auer, Matthew R. 2012. “Group Forest Certification for Smallholders in Vietnam: An Early Test and Future Prospects,” Human Ecology, Vol. 40, No. 1: 5-14.

Auer, Matthew R. 2011. “The Policy Sciences of Social Media,” Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 39, No. 4: 709-739.

Expert Commentary

Auer, Matthew R. 2021. “Community and Homeowner Fire Mitigation,”

Auer, Matthew R. 2021. “10 States with the Highest Wildfire Risk,”