Michael Elliott is the associate director of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD) and an associate professor, jointly appointed to the Schools of City and Regional Planning and Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a co-founder and has served as co-director of both the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and the Southeast Negotiation Network. Before coming to Georgia Tech, Elliott served as the executive assistant for program development for the New York City Deputy Mayor of Economic Development.
Elliott has served as principal investigator on 37 research projects and co-PI on an additional 13. His research focuses on environmental dispute dynamics, evaluating the effectiveness of dispute management processes and systems, and examining the social impact of collaborative processes, with emphasis on risk perception, conflict assessment, political analysis, and strategies for managing conflict in complex, multi-party disputes associated with public policymaking. Elliott has conducted over 50 professional training workshops in the field of public policy collaboration, conflict management and negotiation. Internationally, he has provided dispute system and process design consultations for resolving environmental and land disputes in Estonia, Israel, Nicaragua, Kazakhstan, and Germany.
1984 - Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Studies), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1978 - M.C.P. (City and Regional Planning), University of California, Berkeley
1974 - B.S. (Urban Studies), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1974 - B.S. (Architecture), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Negotiation and Collaborative Governance
- Public Policy Dispute Management
- Environmental Planning, Policy, and Risk Management
- Sustainable Communities
Elliott conducts research on environmental dispute dynamics, the role of information and risk management in public decision processes, evaluating the effectiveness of dispute management processes and systems, and the impacts of collaborative decision making on civic culture. These projects focus on understanding conflict and designing systems for promoting effective decision processes associated with environmental quality and sustainable urban development. He also works extensively with public agencies, community groups and corporations to design decision processes to more effectively resolve multiparty conflicts. He has worked with cities and states throughout the east coast, and with national/international organizations such as the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality, the Carter Center, US AID and UNDP. Amongst other awards, he is recipient of the GT Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activity Award, the IACM Outstanding Book Award, and the Georgia Planning Association Merit Award.
Associate Director, Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development
Associate, Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Dr. Elliott is co-editor of Making Sense of Environmental Conflicts; co-author of Paternalism, Conflict and Co-Production; author of more than 40 journal articles, and organizer and presenter at over 120 conferences.
- E. Reichmannis, P. Amyotte, P. Beak, M.L.P. Elliott, W.B. Gray, D.C. Hendershot, A. K. Taylor, M.K. Lindell, J. M. Gibson, J.J. Siirola, and J. Sorenson. The use of methyl isocyanate (MIC) at Bayer Crop Science Committee, in Inherently Safer Chemical Processes: The Use of Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) at Bayer Crop Science. National Academies Press, 2012.
- Elliott, M. (2009). The Federal Government as Agent for Promoting Collaboration in Local Planning and Redevelopment: An Evaluation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfield Facilitation Pilot Program. Paper presented at the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) 22nd Annual Conference. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
- Elliott, M. (2007). Collaborative Decisions in a Fractured Metropolis: Institutional and Process Innovations for the Management of Conflict Resulting from Demographic Shifts and Spatial Transformation in U.S. Cities. In H. Zillessen & S. Kessen (Eds.), Wie gestalten wir Veranderungen? Herausforderungen fur die Kommunen durch den demographischen Wandel (pp. 230-242). Berlin.
- Elliott, M. (2007). Community Discourse and the Creation of Sustainable Urban Places: Building Civic and Mediative Capacity in Urban Design. In H. Zillessen & S. Kessen (Eds.), Wie gestalten wir Veranderungen? Herausforderungen fur die Kommunen durch den demographischen Wandel (pp. 230-242). Berlin.
- Shmueli, D., Elliott, M., & Kaufman, S. (2006). Frame Changes and the Management of Intractable Conflict. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 24(2), 207-218.
- Elliott, M., & Stiftel, B. (2005). Societal Effects of Collaborative Decision-Making in Florida: The Impact of Environmental Conflict Resolution Institutions on Public Choice, Civic Culture and Environmental Management Systems. Paper presented at the The International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) 18th Annual Conference. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
- Elliott, M., & Kaufman, S. (2003). Building Civic Capacity to Resolve Environmental Conflicts. Environmental Practice, 5(3), 265-272.
- Elliott, M. (2003). Risk Perception Frames in Environmental Decision Making. Environmental Practice, 5(3), 214-222.
- Lewicki, R., Gray, B., & Elliott, M. (Eds.). (2002). Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts: Concepts and Cases (1 ed.). Washington DC: Island Press.
- Elliott, M., Kaufman, S., Gardner, R., & Burgess, G. (2002). Teaching Conflict Assessment and Frame Analysis Through Interactive Web-Based Simulations. The International Journal of Conflict Management, 13(4), 320-340.
- Elliott, M., & Hanke, R. (2002). Framing Effects in Toxic Disputes: Cross-Case Analysis. In R. Lewicki, B. Gray & M. Elliott (Eds.), Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts: Concepts and Cases (1 ed., pp. 333-351). Washington DC: Island Press.
- Elliott, M., Gray, B., & Lewicki, R. (2002). Lessons Learned about the Framing and Reframing of Intractable Environmental Conflicts. In R. Lewicki, B. Gray & M. Elliott (Eds.), Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts: Concepts and Cases (1 ed., pp. 409-435). Washington DC: Island Press.
- Elliott, M. (1999). Reconceiving Historic Preservation in the Modern City: Conflict and Consensus Building in Atlanta. Journal of Planning and Architectural Research, 16(2), 149-163.
- Elliott, M. (1999). The Use of Facilitators, Mediators, and Other Professional Neutrals. In L. Susskind, S. Carpenter & S. McKearnan (Eds.), Consensus Building Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Techniques and Strategies. London: Sage Publishing.
- Elliott, M. (1998). Impacts of Institutionalized Mediation on a Waste Incinerator Siting Dispute: The Case of Quitman County, Georgia. In H. Weidner (Ed.), Alternative Dispute Resolution in Environmental Conflicts: Experiences in 12 Countries (sigma ed., pp. 65-83). Berlin.
- Elliott, M. (1998). The Use of Mediation to Resolve Enviornmental Disputes in the United States. In H. Weidner (Ed.), Alternative Dispute Resolution in Environmental Conflicts: Experiences in 12 Countries (sigma ed., pp. 59-64). Berlin.
- Foley, C., & Elliott, M. (1995). Systems Design and the Promotion of Pollution Prevention: Building More Effective Technical Assistance Programs. Georgia Law Review, 29(2), 449-471.
- Elliott, M. (1994). The Use of Mediation to Resolve Environmental Disputes: Growth, Experience and Institutional Transformation in the United States. In A. Dally, H. Weidner & H.-J. Fietkau (Eds.), Mediation: Als Politischer und Sozialer Prozess (pp. 113-126). Loccum: Evangelische Akademie Loccum.
- Susskind, L., & Elliott, M. (Eds.). (1983). Paternalism, Conflict and Co-Production: Learning from Citizen Action and Citizen Participation in Western Europe (1 ed.). New York: Plenum Press.
- CP 6223/ PUBP 6314 | Policy Tools for Environmental Management
- CP 6760/ PUBP 6760 | Negotiation and Conflict Management
- COA 8811 | Doctoral Seminar in City and Regional Planning
- Kathryn Frank, 2009: The Role of Collaboration in Everglades Restoration
- Brian Stone, 2001: A Remote Sensing Analysis of Residential Land Use, Forest Canopy Distribution, and Surface Heat Island Formation in the Atlanta Metropolitan Region.
Current PhD Students
- Ann Carpenter
- Tae-Hyoung Gim
- Elizabeth Keyser