Hazards, Solid Waste, Land Contamination, Risk, and Decision Making Under Uncertainty

A large share of my research touches on decision making under uncertainty, particularly with respect to natural hazards, solid waste, and land contaminated with hazardous substances.  In this work, I use different risk constructs to understand the behavior of institutions and individuals involved in hazard mitigation, waste disposal, waste remediation, and/or revitalization of properties distressed with environmental degradation. This work includes studies on actuarial dimensions, economic perspectives, and social theories of risk, and has resulted in a wide range of publications. It encompasses studies in both international and domestic contexts.

Note that in an attempt to honor the confusing spirit of copyright law, I’ve not uploaded PDFs of my published papers to this page, but

  • I provide pointers to most of the publishers’ websites, which typically provides at least access to each paper’s abstract
  • I’ve made most of these available as full text through www.researchgate.net or as PDFs of working papers, and
  • I’m happy to send PDFs attachments to individuals under the fair use doctrine, so contact me via email if interested

Kihila, Jacob M., Kris Wernstedt, and Mengiseny Kaseva. 2021. “Waste Segregation and Potential for Recycling -A Case Study in Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania.” Sustainable Environment 7 (1):1935532. https://doi.org/10.1080/27658511.2021.1935532.

Mwanyoka, Iddi, Makarius Mdemu, and Kris Wernstedt. 2021. “The Reality of Local Community Participation in the Natural Gas Sector in Southeastern Tanzania.” The Extractive Industries and Society 8 (1):303-315. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2020.12.003.

Wernstedt, Kris, Jacob M. Kihila, and Mengiseny Kaseva. 2020. “Biases and Environmental Risks in Urban Africa: Household Solid Waste Decision-Making.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 63 (11):1946-1964. https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2019.1691510.

Kaseva, Mengiseny, Kris Wernstedt, and Jacob M. Kihila. 2019. “Measurement and Quantification of Residential Solid Waste in a Metropolitan City of a Developing Country: Case Study in Four Selected Informal Settlements in Dar Es Salaam City, Tanzania.” The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management 45(4):485-495. https://doi.org/10.5276/JSWTM/2019.485 .

Roberts, Patrick and Kris Wernstedt. 2019: “Decision Biases and Heuristics Among Emergency Managers: Just Like the Public They Manage For?” The American Review of Public Administration. 49(3), 292–308 (paper at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0275074018799490 )

Wernstedt, Kris, Jacob Kihila, and Mengiseny Kaseva. 2018:  Residential Solid Waste in Dar es Salaam: Survey and Measurement Evidence from Four Informal Settlements. SPIA Working Paper 18-72.

Roberts, Patrick S., and Kris Wernstedt. 2018. “Herbert Simon’s Forgotten Legacy for Improving Decision Processes.”  International Public Management Journal. 1-26. (paper at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10967494.2018.1502223)

Lyon, Thomas P., Haitao Yin, Allen Blackman, and Kris Wernstedt. 2017:  “Voluntary Cleanup Programs for Brownfield Sites: A Theoretical Analysis.” Environmental and Resource Economics. DOI 10.1007/s10640-017-0121-z. (paper at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10640-017-0121-z )

Wernstedt, Kris, Allen Blackman, Thomas P. Lyon, and Kelly Novak. 2013:  “Revitalizing Underperforming and Contaminated Land through Voluntary Action:  Perspectives from U.S. Voluntary Cleanup Programs.” Land Use Policy, 31(0), 545-556.

Wernstedt, Kris and Robert Hersh. 2010:  “Abandoned Hard Rock Mines in the United States:  Escape from a Regulatory Impasse?” William & Mary Policy Review, 1(1), 25-50. (paper at https://www.wm.edu/as/publicpolicy/wm_policy_review/archives/volume-1/Kris%20Wernstedt%20and%20Robert%20Hersh.pdf )

Blackman, Allen, Sarah Darley, Thomas P. Lyon, and Kris Wernstedt. 2010:  “What Drives Participation in State Voluntary Cleanup Programs? Evidence from Oregon.” Land Economics, 86(4), 785-799. (paper at http://webuser.bus.umich.edu/tplyon/PDF/Published%20Papers/Blackman%20Darley%20Lyon%20Wernstedt%20Land%20Econ.pdf )

Dull, Mathew and Kris Wernstedt. 2010:  “Land Recycling, Community Revitalization, and Distributive Politics:  An Analysis of EPA Brownfields Program Support.” Policy Studies Journal, 38(1), 119-141. (abstract at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1541-0072.2009.00347.x/abstract )

Wernstedt, Kris. 2010:  “Gauging the Outcomes of US Brownfields Revitalisation:  A Review of the Impacts.” Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 3(3), 216-232. (abstract at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/hsp/jurr/2010/00000003/00000003/art00002 )

Wernstedt, Kris and Jennifer Hanson. 2009:  “Community Revitalization through Areawide Brownfield Regeneration, Community Land Trusts, and Progressive Finance.” Environmental Practice, 11(3), 134-143. (abstract at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=6383388&fileId=S1466046609990135 )

Siikamäki, Juha and Kris Wernstedt. 2008:  “Turning Brownfields into Greenspaces:  Examining Incentives and Barriers to Revitalization.” J. of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, 33(3), 559-593. (at http://activelivingresearch.org/files/8_JHPPL_Wernstedt.pdf )

Wernstedt, Kris, Peter B. Meyer, and Anna Alberini. 2006:  “Attracting Private Investment to Contaminated Properties:  The Value of Public Interventions.” J. of Policy Analysis & Management, 25(2), 347-369. (abstract at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pam.20176/abstract )

Wernstedt, Kris and Robert Hersh. 2006:  “Brownfields Regulatory Reform and Policy Innovation in Practice.” Progress in Planning, 65(1), 2-74. (abstract at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/248512634_Brownfields_Regulatory_Reform_and_Policy_Innovation_in_Practice )

Wernstedt, Kris, Peter B. Meyer, Anna Alberini, and Lauren Heberle. 2006:  “Incentives for Private Residential Brownfields Development in US Urban Areas.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 49(1), 101-119.  (abstract at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09640560500373212)

Heberle, Lauren and Kris Wernstedt. 2006:  “Understanding Brownfields Regeneration in the U.S.” Local Environment, 11(5), 479-497.  (abstract at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13549830600853064 )

Wernstedt, Kris, Peter B. Meyer, and Kristen R. Yount. 2003:  “Insuring Redevelopment at Contaminated Urban Properties.” Public Works Management & Policy, 8(2), 85-98.  (at http://pwm.sagepub.com/content/8/2/85.full.pdf+html )

Wernstedt, Kris. 2001:  “Devolving Superfund to Main Street:  Avenues for Local Community Involvement.” Journal of the American Planning Association, 67(3), 293-313. (abstract at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01944360108976237 )

Wernstedt, Kris. 2000:  “Terra Firma or Terra Incognita?  Western Land Use, Hazardous Waste and the Devolution of U.S. Federal Environmental Programs.” Natural Resources Journal, 40(1), 157-183. (at http://lawschool.unm.edu/nrj/volumes/40/1/07_wernstedt_terra.pdf )

Wernstedt, Kris, Robert Hersh, and Katherine Probst. 1999:  “Grounding Hazardous Waste Cleanups:  A Promising Remedy?” Land Use Policy, 16(1), 45-55.

Hersh, Robert and Kris Wernstedt. 1999:  “Land Use, Risk, and Superfund Cleanups:  At the Nexus of Policy and Practice.” Public Works Management & Policy, 4(1), 31-40. (at http://pwm.sagepub.com/content/4/1/31.full.pdf+html )

Wernstedt, Kris and Robert Hersh. 1998:  “Urban Land Use and Superfund Cleanups.” Journal of Urban Affairs, 20(4), 459-474. at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9906.1998.tb00432.x/pdf)

Wernstedt, Kris and Robert Hersh. 1998:  “Through a Lens Darkly:  Superfund Spectacles on Public Participation at Brownfields Sites.” Risk:  Health, Safety & Environment, 9(2), 153-173. (at http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/risk9&div=18&g_sent=1&collection=journals )

Non-Refereed Papers

Dewar, Margaret and Kris Wernstedt. 2009:  “Challenges in Reusing Vacant, Abandoned, and Contaminated Properties.” Land Lines, 21(2), 2-7. (at  http://www.lincolninst.edu/pubs/1579_Challenges-in-Reusing-Vacant–Abandoned–and-Contaminated-Urban-Properties )

Wernstedt, Kris and Juha Siikamäki. 2007:  “Active Living through Converting Brownfields to Greenspaces.” Planning, 73(2), A6. (at http://mnbrownfields.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Active-Living-Through-Converting-Brownfields-to-Green-Spaces-WS-B2G_PlanningFeb2007.pdf )

Wernstedt, Kris and Peter B. Meyer. 2005:  “What Do Developers Want?” Brownfield News, June, 12. (at https://www.greenbiz.com/news/2005/05/15/brownfields-what-do-developers-want )

Wernstedt, Kris and Robert Hersh. 2004:  “Reseeding the Turf.” Brownfield News & Regional Report, May, 6-7. (at http://www.renewalredevelopment.com/magazine/article/4682/Reseeding-the-Turf )

Wernstedt, Kris. 2004:  “A Broader View of Brownfield Revitalization.” In New Approaches on Energy and the Environment, R.D. Morgenstern and P.R. Portney, eds. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future. 82-86.  (at http://www.rff.org/files/sharepoint/Documents/08_New_Approaches/15-A-Broader-View-of-Brownfield-Revitalization.pdf )

Hersh, Robert and Kris Wernstedt. 2001:  “Out of Site, Out of Mind: The Problem of Institutional Controls.” Race, Poverty & the Environment, 8(1), 15-16. (at http://booksc.org/book/26858859 )

Hersh, Robert, Katherine Probst, Kris Wernstedt, and Jan Mazurek.  1997:  Linking Land Use and Superfund Cleanups:  Uncharted Territory. Washington, DC:  Resources for the Future. (at http://www.rff.org/research/publications/linking-land-use-and-superfund-cleanups-uncharted-territory )