SPA Workshop on Policy Process Research
The Workshop on Policy Process Research (WOPPR) brings faculty and students together in studying the interactions between people and public policy. Among the questions we ask:
- How do people define issues as problems worthy of attention on government agendas?
- What is the role of science and technology in public policy?
- How can people make a difference in public policy?
- How can policies and processes be more effective in serving a democratic society?
- In what ways do formal and informal rules shape behavior?
- What are the sources of policy change?
In pursing these questions, the Workshop on Policy Process Research applies and strengthens various frameworks, theories, and models. The analytical and substantive purview of the Workshop on Policy Process Research is generic and flexible.
If you have questions about the Workshop on Policy Process Research, contact David Carter, Tanya Heikkila, or Chris Weible. To learn more about policy process research visit the “What is Policy Process Research?” page.
Professors Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible, accompanied by Ph.D. students Daniel Costie and Juniper Katz, travelled to China this summer to continue work on the Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant awarded by the National Science Foundation in 2012. The group partnered with students and faculty from American and Chinese universities to explore interdisciplinary and intercultural research on sustainable development topics. Projects included testing low-cost air pollution monitors, researching the implementation of China's circular economy law and learning about industrial symbiosis. You can see pictures from the trip and read blog posts from students on the PIRE Sustainability blog.
In May, PhD student Kristin Olofsson attended the inaugural PhD conference “Public Policy in Asia” at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. This conference aimed to be an Asian “Minnowbrook” by “pushing the empirical and disciplinary frontiers of public policy research and practice”. The conferenced brought together the most promising doctoral students working on Asian issues worldwide. Kristin presented a paper “Understanding the Narratives and Framing of Air Pollution in Delhi, India”, a product of her research with the PIRE grant.
- On January 23-24, 2014, the School of Public Affairs hosted a "Social Actors, Institutions, and Sustainable Cities Workshop", sponsored by the university and NSF's Research Collaborative Network grant. A public seminar entitled "What big questions, theories, and data are needed for understanding/achieving sustainable cities?" was held on January 24 from 12pm-1pm in Lawrence Street Center Building, Room 500.
- Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible, along with PhD students JC Martel and Kristin Olofsson, began work on an NSF PIRE award that supports a five-year project exploring transformations needed in coupled technological, infrastructural, and social sub-systems to help urban areas, primarily in Asia, realize low-carbon, resource-efficient outcomes, leading to sustainable cities. During summer 2013, the group travelled to India to collaborate with researchers and students from six US institutions, five partner institutions in India and three partner institutions in China.
- For those joining us online, streaming of WOPPR seminars can be found at: https://connect.cuonline.edu/WOPPR.
- Visit our ACF Collaborators and Discussion page. You can join the discussion by signing up for the ACF Forum by emailing David Carter.
- A new report titled "A Summary Report of Perceptions of the Politics and Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing in Colorado" presents the findings from a survey conducted in the spring of 2013 of people directly or indirectly involved in the politics and regulation of oil and natural gas development that utilizes hydraulic fracturing in Colorado. The survey finds areas of agreement and disagreement between those advocating for and against hydraulic fracturing-related oil and gas development. These findings may help clarify the underlying concerns, preferences, and resources of a diverse range of people involved in this issue in Colorado.
SPRING 2014 IGERT SEMINAR SERIES
All IGERT seminars will be held in Room 500 in the Lawrence Street Center Building from 12pm to 1pm on the Wednesdays listed below. Seminars are streamed online in real-time at https://connect.cuonline.edu/WOPPR. Contact Ali Kent for more details or with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
February 5: Kara Luckey: "Who benefits from regional rail transit investments? Identifying planning and policy levers that support socially-equitable transit and transit-oriented development"
February 5: Eric Stonebraker: "Exploring the relationships between neighborhood amenities, accessibility, and place attachment"
February 26: Ed Gaviria: "Understanding traffic congestion and its implications" Subtopic: Challenges of gathering and modeling time series data
March 5: Zac Coventry: "Measuring Sustainable Residential Construction: A Preliminary Research Plan"
March 5: Laurie Manderino: "Findings from cross-country analysis of national institutional and governance policies in low-income countries as relates to progress on Millennum Development Goal 7.C for extension of water and sanitation access to more citizens"
March 19: Stephen Fisher: "Urban agriculture characterized by cycle assessment and land use patterns"
April 9: Kate Oviatt: "Exploring Urban Agriculture as a Strategy for Empowerment"
April 9: Andy Pattison: "Learning through Belief Change and Reinforcement: A Study of Coalitions in Climate and Energy Issues"
April 23: Alejandro Henao: "Effects of Fuel Price Shocks in Commuting Expenditures: A Transportation Economic Resilience Analysis"
May 7: Joshua Sperling: "Exploring the nexus of infrastructures, environment and health: challenges and opportunities in rapidly growing Asian cities"
FALL 2013 SEMINAR SERIES
Held on Tuesdays in Room 500 at the School of Public Affairs, the WOPPR Fall
2013 Seminar Series featured several researchers discussing their undertakings in policy process research worldwide. Seminars are streamed online in real-time at https://connect.cuonline.edu/WOPPR.
September 17: Sebastião Venâncio Castro and Liliana Pimentel, visiting SPA scholars from Brazil.
October 8: Jennifer Kagan, MPA graduate, presented "Interorganizational Relationships and Nongovernmental Organization Institutional Sustainability in Uganda".
October 22: Dr. Paty Romero-Lankao, social scientist at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and collaberator with SPA, presented "Transitioning Cities to Seedbeds of Sustainability and Resilience".
November 12: Kristin Olofsson and JC Martel, PhD students, presented "Developing Low Carbon Cities in the US, China, and India: Experience, Education, and Goals at the International Sustainability Summer School Program in India".
2013-2014 WOPPR PUBLICATIONS
Calanni, John, Saba N. Siddiki, Christopher M. Weible, and William D. Leach. 2014. “Explaining Coordination Networks in Collaborative Partnerships” Journal of Public Administration Review and Theory. Advanced online publication.
Carter, David and Christopher M. Weible. 2014. “Evaluating Compliance and Assessing Institutions in Collaborative Rock Climbing Resource Management.” Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 16(1): 117-139.
Carter, David P., Christopher M. Weible, Saba S. Siddiki, John Brett, and Sara Miller Chonaiew. 2014. “Assessing Policy Divergence: How to Investigate the Differences between a Law and a Corresponding Regulation.” Public Administration. Advanced online publication.
Elgin, Dallas J.and Christopher Weible. "A Stakeholder Analysis of Colorado Slimate and Energy Issues Using Policy Analytical Capacity and the Advocacy Coalition Framework" in Review of Policy Research.
Fidelman, Pedro, Louisa S. Evans, Simon Foale, Christopher Weible, Franciska von Heland, and Dallas Elgin. 2014. “Coalition Cohesion for Regional Marine Governance: A Stakeholder Analysis of the Coral Triangle Initiative.” Ocean & Coastal Management. 95:117-128.
Gallaher, Samuel, Tanya Heikkila, Will Patterson, Vanessa Frank and Christopher Weible. "Adapting water policy tools to new issues: lessons from Colorado’s experience over time" in Water Policy.
Heikkila, Tanya, Jonathan J. Pierce, Samuel Gallaher, Jennifer Kagan, Deserai A. Crow, and Christopher M. Weible. 2014. “Understanding a Period of Policy Change: The Case of Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Policy in Colorado.” Review of Policy Research. 31(2): 65-87.
2012 WOPPR PUBLICATIONS
- Shannon M. McNeeley, Sarah. A. Tessendorf, Heather Lazrus, Tanya Heikkila, Ian M. Ferguson, Jenifer S. Arrigo, Shahzeen Z. Attari, Christina M. Cianfrani, Lisa Dilling, Jason J. Gurdak, Stephanie K. Kampf, Derek Kauneckis, Christine J. Kirchhoff, Juneseok Lee, Benjemin R. Lintner, Kelly M. Mahoney, Sarah Opitz-Stapleton, Pallav Ray, Andy B. South, Andrew Stubblefield, and Julie Brugger “Catalyzing Frontiers in Water-Climate-Society Research: A View from Early Career Scientists and Junior Faculty” in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
- Tanya Heikkila and Edella Schlager, “Addressing the Issues: The Choice of Environmental Conflict Resolution Venues in the United States" in the American Journal of Political Science.
- Edella Schlager, Tanya Heikkila, and Carl Case. “The Costs of Compliance with Interstate Agreements: Lessons from Water Compacts in the Western United States” in Publius: The Journal of Federalism.
- Dallas Elgin, Andrew Pattison, and Christopher M. Weible. “Policy Analytical Capacity Inside and Outside of Government: A Case Study of Colorado Climate and Energy issues,” part of a special issue on Policy Capacity, Canadian Political Science Journal.
- Saba Siddiki, Xavier Basurto, and Christopher M. Weible. “Using the Institutional Grammar Tool to Understand Regulatory Compliance: The Case of Colorado Aquaculture” in Regulation and Governance.
- Chris Weible, Tanya Heikkila, Peter deLeon and Paul A Sabatier. "Understanding and Influencing the Policy Process" in Policy Sciences.