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Office: 1333 Grandview

Affiliated Departments

CU Center for Sports Governance
Dr. Pielke is on leave from ENVS through Spring 2021 to initiate and run the CU Center for Sports Governance.  


Ph.D. 1994 University of Colorado


Roger Pielke, Jr. has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado since 2001.  He is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).  Roger's research focuses on science, innovation and politics.  In 2011 he began to write and research on the governance of sports organizations, including FIFA and the NCAA.  Roger holds degrees in mathematics, public policy and political science, all from the University of Colorado.  In 2012 Roger was awarded an honorary doctorate from Linköping University in Sweden and was also awarded the Public Service Award of the Geological Society of America.  Roger also received the Eduard Brückner Prize in Munich, Germany in 2006 for outstanding achievement in interdisciplinary climate research.  Before joining the faculty of the University of Colorado, from 1993-2001 Roger was a Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  He is also author, co-author or co-editor of seven books, including The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politicspublished by Cambridge University Press (2007) and The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won't Tell you About Global Warming (2010, Basic Books).  His most recent book is Righful Place of Science Series, Disasters and Climate Change (2014, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes).  He is currently working on a book on sport in society.