Professor Burton, who has his M.A. from San Francisco State University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, is director of the M.P.A. program concentration in Environmental Law and Policy and coordinator of SPA's public law curriculum. Prior to joining SPA, he taught constitutional law and environmental law at the Berkeley and Davis campuses of the University of California. Dr. Burton's specialization is law and public policy with an emphasis on conflict management and the environment. His recent scholarship focuses on the intersection of law, culture, and the environment -- especially the handling of values conflicts over environmental management decision making in both domestic and international contexts.
Associate Professor Tanya Heikkila received her PhD in Public Affairs in 2001 from the University of Arizona. Dr Heikkila’s research expertise is in comparative institutional analysis, common pool resource governance, and water resource management. She has studied institutions for coordinating groundwater and surface water in the western United States, interstate water conflicts and cooperation, the organization of collaborative ecosystem restoration programs, as well as the performance of special purpose governments. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the PepsiCo Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Dr. Christopher Weible
Christopher Weible's research focuses on policy process theories (particularly the advocacy coalition framework), collaborative governance, and science and policy. He has examined marine protected area policy, Lake Tahoe water quality policy, watershed partnerships, and organizational preparedness to disaster risks. Dr. Weible's work has been published in the Policy Studies Journal, the Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Environmental Management, and Environment and Behavior. He has contributed to chapters in Swimming Upstream: Collaborative Approaches to Watershed Management (2005), Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods (2006), and Theories of the Policy Process (2007). Current projects include research on public-private partnerships and collaborative aquaculture partnerships. Dr. Weible serves as a co-editor with Dr. Peter deLeon for the Policy Studies Journal.
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