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Christopher M. Weible, Associate Professor

Chris Weible

University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
P.O. Box 173364 - Campus Box 142
Denver, CO 80217 - 3364
Phone: (303) 315 - 2010
Fax: (303) 315 – 2229

Curriculum Vitae

Bio: Chris Weible received his Ph.D. in Ecology with an emphasis in Environmental Policy Analysis from the University of California Davis.  He earned a Master in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Washington.  He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.


Chris Weible is the editor for the Policy Studies Journal, one of the leading journals for theoretically innovative research in public policy. 

      Policy Studies Journal

He participates in the Environmental Affairs Working Group.  He also serves as a member of the PhD committee for the School of Public Affairs.


Dr. Weible teaches courses in environmental policy and politics, public policy, policy processes, policy analysis, and research methods and design.  He received the Teaching Award in 2010 from the School of Public Affairs.  A sample of his syllabi can be found with the following links.

PUAD 5320/7320 Public Policy Analysis (Fall, 2010)
PUAD 5634/7634 Theories of Change in Sustainable Infrastructure Management (Fall 2010), Theories of Change in Sustainable Infrastructure Management (Spring 2012) 

PUAD 8070 Doctoral Seminar on Advanced Research Methods (Spring 2010), Doctoral Seminar on Advanced Research Methods (Spring 2011)
PUAD 5005 The Policy Process and Democracy (Fall 2009), The Policy Process and Democracy (Fall 2011), The Policy Process and Democracy (Fall 2012)
PUAD 8030 Doctoral Seminar in Public Policy (2012)


Dr. Weible studies change and stasis in public policy over time and the surrounding actors, contexts, and events.  Much of his work involves political analyses under the advocacy coalition framework and formal institutional analyses under the institutional analysis and development framework.  In 2011, he received the Research Award from the School of Public Affairs and the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award from the University of Colorado Denver.  He co-directs the Workshop on Policy Process Research (WOPPR).

Examples of current research initiatives include the following:
(1) A recently completed project dealt with the concept of policy analytical capacity within the State of Colorado and of the city of Denver on the topic of climate and energy policies with PhD students Dallas Elgin and Andy Pattison.  See a 2012 special issue in the Canadian Political Science Review, a 2013 special issue in Review of Policy Research, and a forthcoming manusript in Cityscape.
(2) Research efforts dealing with multi-stakeholder collaboration and learning recently involved the study of aquaculture partnerships with Bill Leach, John Calanni, Saba Siddiki, and Scott Vince.  Additional work on the topic of aquaculture can be found in a study of state aquaculture coordinators (see a recently published report with Saba Siddiki).
(3) A current study of regulatory compliance with Saba Siddiki, Xavier Basurto, David Carter, John Brett, and Sara Chonaiew is entitled "Assessing Policy Designs and Improving Outcomes in Organic Farming" (NSF Grant No. 1123541).  The project investigates the relationship between institutions (e.g., formal laws and in-use community rules) and compliance in the context of organic farming in the United States. The project seeks to provide an understanding about how policy designs and individual and socially derived motivations, such as attitudes, social norms, and habits, and individual capacity, influence decision making.
(4) A new project seeks to understand the conditions of decision  making in shale gas development (hydraulic fracturing) in the United States.  With Tanya Heikkila, Jon Pierce, Sam Gallaher, David Carter, and Jennifer Kagan, this project seeks to analyze the political coalitions of shale gas development.  Funding for the project is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Grant No. 2012-3-24).
Dr. Weible has investigated disaster preparedness of organizations in Memphis Tennessee (with Abdul-Akeem Sadiq), public-private partnerships, environmental politics in the Lake Tahoe Basin, collaboration in watershed partnerships in California and Washington, and the implementation of California marine protected area policy.  In addition, Dr. Weible helped organize several seminars and workshops:

2012. Workshop on New Theories of Public Policy
2012. Digging Theories in Environmental Policy and Management
2011. New Frontiers in Policy Process Research
2011. Seminar on the Meaning of Crises in Policy Processes
2010. Institutional Analysis and Development Symposium 
2010. The Advocacy Coalition Framework Workshop (at the University of California Davis)
2010. American and European Public Administration in Comparison
2009. Social Construction Workshop


Christopher M. Weible and Dallas Elgin. Forthcoming 2013. "Contrasting Capacities from City to International Levels of Involvement in Climate and Energy Issues." Cityscape.
Elgin, Dallas and Christopher M. Weible. 2013. "Stakeholder Analysis of Colorado Climate and Energy Issues using Policy Analytical Capacity and the Advocacy Coalition Framework." Review of Policy Research. 30(1): 116-134.
Christopher M. Weible and Daniel Nohrstedt. 2012. "The Advocacy Coalition Framework: Coalitions, Learning, and Policy Change." In Eduardo Araral, Scott Fritzen, Michael Howlett, M Ramesh, and Xun Wu (eds) Handbook of Public Policy. New York, NY: Routledge.
Calanni, John, Saba Siddiki, Chris Weible, William Leach, and Scott Vince. 2012. "Measuring Impacts of Marine Aquaculture Partnerships." Global Aquaculture Advocate. Nov/Dec: 50-51.
Samuel Gallaher, Tanya Heikkila, Will Pattison, Vanessa Frank, and Christopher Weible. Forthcoming 2012/13. "Adapting Water Policy Tools to New Issues: Lessons from Colorado's Experience over Time." Water Policy.
Huss Sheila, Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, and Christopher M. Weible. 2012. “Organizations and Emergency Management: Information, Trust, and Preparedness”. Journal of Emergency Management. Sept/Oct: 359-372.
Elgin, Dallas, Andrew Pattison, and Christopher M. Weible. 2012. “Policy Analytical Capacity Inside and Outside of Government: A Case Study of Colorado Climate and Energy issues.” As part of a special issue on Policy Capacity, Canadian Political Science Journal. 6(1):101-116.
Weible, Christopher M., Dallas J. Elgin, and Andrew Pattison. 2012. “Policy Analytical Capacity and Policy Activities.”  As part of a special issue on Policy Capacity, Canadian Political Science Journal. 6(1): 125-137.
Siddiki, Saba, Xavier Basurto, and Christopher M. Weible.  2012. “Using the Institutional Grammar Tool to Understand Regulatory Compliance: The Case of Colorado Aquaculture.” Regulation and Governance. 6:167-188.
Ramaswami, Anu, Christopher M. Weible, Deborah Main, Tanya Heikkila, Saba Siddiki, Andrew Duvall, and Meghan Bernard. Forthcoming 2012. “A Social-Ecological Infrastructural Systems (SEIS) Framework for Inter-Disciplinary Study of Sustainable City Systems: An Integrative Curriculum across Seven Major Disciplines.” Journal of Industrial Ecology. 16(6):801-813.
Weible, Christopher M., Tanya Heikkila, Peter deLeon, and Paul A. Sabatier. 2012. “Understanding and Influencing the Policy Process.” Policy Sciences. 45:1-21.
Weible, Christopher, M., Paul A. Sabatier, Hank C. Jenkins-Smith, Daniel Nohrstedt, Adam Douglas Henry, and Peter deLeon. 2011. “​A Quarter Century of the Advocacy Coalition Framework: An Introduction to the Special Issue."  Policy Studies Journal 39(3):349-360.  
Davis, Mark W. and Christopher M. Weible. 2011. “Linking Social Actors by Linking Social Theories: Toward Better Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Strategies.”  Carbon Management. 2(4): 483-49.
Siddiki, Saba, and Christopher M. Weible. 2011. "Survey Examines Perceived Barriers, Strategies for U.S. Aquaculture Development." Global Aquaculture Advocate. July/Aug:51-53.
Weible, Christopher, M., Saba Siddiki, and Jonathan Pierce. 2011. “Foes to Friends: Changing Contexts and Changing Intergroup Perceptions. “ Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. 13(5): 499-525.

Weible, Christopher M. 2011. "Political-Administrative Relations in Collaborative Environmental Management." International Journal of Public Administration. 34:424-435.

Siddiki, Saba, Christopher M. Weible, Xavier Basurto, and John Calanni. 2011. "Dissecting Policy Designs: An Application of the Institutional Grammar Tool" Policy Studies Journal. 39(1): 79-103. 

deLeon, Peter and Christopher M. Weible. 2010. "Policy Process Research for Democracy: A Commentary on Lasswell's Vision" A Commentary on Lasswell's Vision"  International Journal of Policy Studies. 1(2):23-34.

Basurto, Xavier, Gordon Kingsley, Kelly McQueen, Mshadoni Smith, and Christopher M. Weible. 2010. "A Systematic Approach to Institutional Analysis: Applying Crawford and Ostrom’s Grammar." Political Research Quarterly. 63(3):523-537.

Weible, Christopher, M. and Richard H. Moore. 2010.  “Analytics and Beliefs: Competing Explanations for Defining Problems and in Choosing Allies and Opponents in Collaborative Environmental Management.” Public Administration Review. 70(5):756-766.  Read review by Mark Davis.

Weible, Christopher, M., Paul A. Sabatier, and Andrew Pattison. 2010. “Harnessing Expert-Based Information for Learning and the Sustainable Management of Complex Socio-Ecological Systems.” Environmental Science and PolicySupplemental Material.

Nohrstedt, Daniel and ​Christopher M. Weible.  2010. “The Logic of Policy Change after Crisis: Proximity and Subsystem Interaction.” Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy. 1(2).

Sadiq, Abdul-Akeem and Christopher M. Weible. 2010. “Obstacles and Disaster Risk Reduction: A Survey of Memphis Organizations.” Natural Hazards Review. 11(3): 110-117.

Weible, Christopher, M. and Paul A. Sabatier. 2010. "The Advocacy Coalition Framework." In Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, and Leonardo Morlino (eds) Encyclopedia of Political Science. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Meyer, Shaunette, L., Christopher M. Weible, and Kate Woeber. 2010. “Perceptions and Practice of Waterbirth: A Survey of Georgia Midwives.” Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 55(1):55-59.

Weible, Christopher, M.  2009. "Collaborative Institutions, Functional Areas, and Beliefs: What are their Roles in Policy Networks." In John T. Scholz and Richard Feiock (eds) Self-Organizing Governance. Cambridge University Press.

Weible, Christopher, M. and Paul A. Sabatier. 2009. "Coalitions, Science, and Belief Change: Comparing Adversarial and Collaborative Policy Subsystems." Policy Studies Journal 37(2): 195-212.

Weible, Christopher, M., Paul A. Sabatier and Kelly McQueen. 2009. "Themes and Variations: Taking Stock of the Advocacy Coalition Framework." Policy Studies Journal 37(1): 121-140.

Weible, Christopher, M. 2008. "Expert-Based Information and Policy Subsystems: A Review and Synthesis" Policy Studies Journal 36(4): 615-635.

Weible, Christopher, M., Paul A. Sabatier and Jim Flowers. 2008. "The Advocacy Coalition Framework." Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy. Taylor & Francis.

Weible, Christopher, M. 2008. "Caught in a Maelstrom: Implementing California Marine Protected Areas." Coastal Management Journal 36(4): 350-373.

Weible, Christopher, M. 2008. "A Collective Interest Model Approach to Explain the Benefit-Cost Expectations of Participating in a Collaborative Institution." Environment and Behavior 40(1): 24-45.

Sabatier, Paul A., and Christopher M. Weible. 2007. "The Advocacy Coalition Framework: Innovations and Clarifications". In Paul A. Sabatier (ed.) Theories of the Policy Process. 2nd Edition. Boulder, Co: Westview Press.

Weible, Christopher, M. 2007. "Scientists and Environmental Politics: Examining Trends in the Lake Tahoe Basin from 1984 to 2001." Environmental Management 40(6): 853-865.

Weible, Christopher, M. 2007. "An Advocacy Coalition Framework Approach to Stakeholder Analysis: Understanding the Political Context of California Marine Protected Area Policy." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 17(1):95-117.

Weible, Christopher, M. and Paul A. Sabatier. 2006. "A Guide to the Advocacy Coalition Framework: Tips for Researchers." In Frank Fischer et al. (eds.) Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods. New York: CRC Press.

Weible, Christopher, M. 2005. "Beliefs and Policy Influence: An Advocacy Coalition Approach to Policy Networks." Political Research Quarterly 58(3):461-477

Sabatier, Paul, A., Christopher M. Weible, and Jared Ficker. 2005. "Eras of Watershed Management in the United States: Implications for Collaborative Watershed Approaches," In Paul Sabatier et al., eds. Swimming Upstream: Collaborative Approaches to Watershed Management. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Weible, Christopher, M. and Paul A. Sabatier. 2005. "Comparing Policy Networks: Marine Protected Areas in California." Policy Studies Journal 33(2):161-180.

Weible, Christopher, M., Mark Nechodom, and Paul A. Sabatier. 2005. "No Sparks Fly: Policy Participants Agree on Thinning Trees in the Lake Tahoe Basin." Journal of Forestry 103(1).

Weible, Christopher, M., Paul A. Sabatier, and Mark Lubell. 2004. "A Comparison of a Collaborative and Top-Down Approach to the Use of Science in Policy: Establishing Marine Protected Areas in California." Policy Studies Journal 32(2): 187-207.


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