Land Contamination, Risk, and Decision Making Under Uncertainty

A large share of my research touches on contaminated land, using different risk constructs to understand the behavior of institutions and individuals involved in the remediation and 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.

Note that in an attempt to honor the confusing spirit of copyright law, I’ve not uploaded PDFs of my 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 and
  • I’m happy to send PDFs attachments to individuals under the fair use doctrine, so contact me via email if interested

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.

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 )

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 )

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 )

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 )

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 )

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 )

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 )

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 )

Wernstedt, Kris and Robert Hersh. 2006:  “Brownfields Regulatory Reform and Policy Innovation in Practice.” Progress in Planning, 65(1), 2-74. (abstract at )

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

Heberle, Lauren and Kris Wernstedt. 2006:  “Understanding Brownfields Regeneration in the U.S.” Local Environment, 11(5), 479-497.  (abstract at )

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 )

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 )

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 )

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 )

Wernstedt, Kris and Robert Hersh. 1998:  “Urban Land Use and Superfund Cleanups.” Journal of Urban Affairs, 20(4), 459-474. at

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 )


Non-Refereed Papers

Dewar, Margaret and Kris Wernstedt. 2009:  “Challenges in Reusing Vacant, Abandoned, and Contaminated Properties.” Land Lines, 21(2), 2-7. (at–Abandoned–and-Contaminated-Urban-Properties )

Wernstedt, Kris and Juha Siikamäki. 2007:  “Active Living through Converting Brownfields to Greenspaces.” Planning, 73(2), A6. (at )

Wernstedt, Kris and Peter B. Meyer. 2005:  “What Do Developers Want?” Brownfield News, June, 12. (at )

Wernstedt, Kris and Robert Hersh. 2004:  “Reseeding the Turf.” Brownfield News & Regional Report, May, 6-7. (at )

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 )

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 )

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 )