George P. Richardson is an O'Leary Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany and affiliated professor of informatics in the College of Computing and Information. He has held various administrative positions in the department of public administration and policy, including director of the MPA, MPP, and PhD programs and chair of the department of public administration and policy, a leadership role he served in for eight years.
Dr. Richardson holds degrees from Harvard, the University of Chicago, and MIT. His teaching, research, and consulting center on computer modeling and simulation in support of systems thinking in public affairs. His recent work has focused on public policy problems in social welfare, public health, and interagency collaboration, and the use of formal computer-based tools and models to help groups move toward policy consensus in complex dynamic systems. He founded the System Dynamics Review, which is published by Wiley-Blackwell, and served for seven years as its executive editor.
Richardson's publications include more than fifty articles and book chapters on theory and applications of system dynamics modeling. His books include Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling with DYNAMO (1981) and Feedback Thought in Social Science and Systems Theory (1991), both of which were honored with the System Dynamics Society's Forrester Award, and the edited two-volume collection Modeling for Management: Simulation in Support of Systems Thinking (1996).
In 2003, Dr. Richardson was honored with the University at Albany's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the corresponding state wide award given by the Chancellor of the State University of New York. In 2010, he was similarly honored with the University's and Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Academic Service. In 2011, the System Dynamics Society recognized his lifetime volunteer contributions to the Society and field with its Outstanding Service Award.