George   Atisa

Assistant Professor  

Office: ELABN 229A
Phone: (956) 665-3841
Email: george.atisa@utrgv.edu

Dr. George Atisa

Dr. Atisa is currently teaching Planning, Public Policy, Politics of Scarcity, Public Finance, Policy Formulation and Intergovernmental Relations. He research is on sustainable development and governance.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Economics
    • Public Policy
    • Government and Non-Profit Sector Collaboration
    • Environmental conservation and role of government
    • Organizational theory and Behavior
  • Education

    • PhD, Public Affairs, Florida International University, 2014
    • MS, Environmental Studies, Florida International University, 2009
    • MA, Economics, University of Nairobi, 2003
    • BA, Economics and Business Studies, Kenyatta University, 1992




Selected Publications


  • M Bhat, M McClain, D Ombara, W Kasanga, and George Atisa. "Payment for Watershed Services in the Mara River Basin: Part I - Institutions and Stakeholder Engagement," Nile River basin: Ecohydrological Challenges, Climate Change and Hydropolitics. Springer, 2014.

  • George Atisa, Aziza Zemrani, "Mainstreaming indigenous people‚Äôs environmental concerns: the missing piece in ongoing political and administrative decentralization in Africa. ," Yes. International Journal of Public Administation Research and Theory : 29.

  • George Atisa, Dennis Wiedman, "Using Historical Information and Data to Strengthen Planning for Environmental Protection and Management at Everglades National Park (ENP), South Florida. Journal of Nature Conservation.," No. Journal of Nature Conservation .

  • George Atisa, Mahadev Bhat, Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor, "Measuring Compliance and Implementation of International Environmental Treaties: The Case Study of the Convention on Biological Diversity.," Yes. Innternational Journal of Environmental Policy and Governance .

  • George Atisa and Dennis Wiedman. "Using Historical Information and Data to Strengthen Planning for Environmental Protection and Management at Everglades National Park (ENP), South Florida. International Journal of Environment and Management," No. Journal of Environmental Management : 31.

  • George Atisa. "Using Historical Information and Data to Strengthen Planning for Environmental Protection and Management at Everglades National Park (ENP), South Florida. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning," No. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning .

  • George Atisa, Mahadev Bhat , and Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor. "Measuring Compliance and Implementation of International Environmental Treaties: The Case Study of the Convention on Biological Diversity," Yes. International Journal of Environmental Treaties : 35.

  • George Atisa, M Bhat, and E Mclain. "Economic Assessment of Best Management Practices in the Mara River Basin: Toward Implementation of Payment for Watershed Services," Journal of Water Resources Management .



Selected Presentations


  • Aziza Zemrani and GOERGE ATISA. "Training through Public Administration for Better Public Service," ASPA/RIGGS SYMPOSIUM, ASPA/SICA, ATLANTA (March 2017)

  • George Atisa, Aziza Zemrani, "Mainstreaming Indigenous Peoples Environmental Concerns: Minssing Piece in Ongoing Political and and Administrative Decentralization in Africa," Saluting the Public Service: The Bold and Noble Profession, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Atlanta, Geogia (March 2017)

  • George Atisa, Aziza Zemrani, "Mainstreaming Indigenous Peoples Environmental Concerns: Minssing Piece in Ongoing Political and and Administrative Decentralization in Africa," UN Climate Change Conference, UNDP, Marrakech, Morrocco (November 2016)

  • George Atisa and Aziza Zemrani. "National versus Local Government Implementation of Public Programs: Real solutions or White Elephant Phenomenon.," New Traditions in Public Administration, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Seattle, Washington (March 2016)

  • George Atisa and Aziza Zemrani. "Analysis of local level collaboration with higher institutions of learning can produce best global climate change solutions: The Role of the University of Texas-Pan American in the Rio Grande Valley. ," Consortium of International Management Policy and Development, Livingston, Zambia (June 2015)

  • George Atisa, Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor, and Mahadev BHat . "Measuring Compliance and Implementation of International Environmental Treaties: The Case Study of the Convention on Biological Diversity," Relationship between public administration and building a strong society, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Chicago, Illinois (March 2015)

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