Peter Brown’s teaching, research, and service are concerned with ethics, governance, and the protection of the environment. His appointments at McGill are in the School of Environment, the Department of Geography, and the Department of Natural Resource Sciences. He was the first full-time Director of the McGill School of Environment, which is involved in building programs with McGill’s Faculties of Arts, Science, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as well as Religious Studies, Law, Engineering, Management, and Medicine.
Before going to McGill Brown was Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland’s Graduate School of Public Affairs. While there, he founded the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy as well as the School of Public Policy itself and established the school’s Environmental Policy Programs to operate not only at the University’s College Park campus but also at Maryland’s Department of the Environment and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Brown has held numerous administrative positions within the University of Maryland System. He has also taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, at the University of Washington, and at St. John's College in Annapolis. In the early 1970s he was a Visiting Fellow at Battelle Seattle Research Center and Assistant Vice-President for Research Operations at The Urban Institute. He is currently a research scholar at the Center for Humans and Nature.