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School of Public Affairs


Tanya Heikkila, Associate Professor

Tanya Heikkila

University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
P.O. Box 173364 - Campus Box 142
Denver, CO 80217 - 3364
Phone: (303) 315 - 2269
Fax: (303) 315 - 2229

Curriculum Vitae


Bio: 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 and the management of collaboration and conflict around common pool resources, with an emphasis on water resources. 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  political landscape of hydraulic fracturing in the United States. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the PepsiCo Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Recent Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles 

Heikkila, T., A. Gerlak, A. Bell and S. Schmeier. 2013. “Adaptation in a transboundary river
basin: Linking stressors and adaptive capacity in the Mekong River Commission.
Environmental Science and Policy 25: 73-82. 
Eneas da Silva, O. F., T. Heikkila, A. de Souza e Filho, and D. Costa. 2013. “Designing
sustainable and replicable water supply systems for rural communities in Brazil."
International Journal of Water Resources Development.
Gallaher, S., T. Heikkila, W. Patterson, V. Frank and C. Weible. 2012. “Adapting water
policy tools to new issues: Lessons from Colorado’s experience over time.” Water
Schlager, E., T. Heikkila, and C. Case. 2012. “The Costs of Compliance with Interstate
Agreements: Lessons from Water Compacts in the Western United States.” Publius:
The Journal of Federalism. 42(3): 494-515.
Ramaswami, A., C. M. Weible, D. Main, T. Heikkila, S. Siddiki, A. Duvall, and M. 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.

Heikkila, T. and E. Schlager. 2012. “Addressing the Issues: The Choice of Environmental Conflict Resolution Venues in the United States.” American Journal of Political Science. 56 (4): 774-786.   

Weible, Christopher, Tanya Heikkila, Peter de Leon and Paul Sabatier. 2012. “Understanding and Influencing the Policy Process.” Policy Sciences. 45: 1-21.

McNeeley, S. M., S. A. Tessendorf, H. Lazrus, T. Heikkila, I. M. Ferguson, J. S. Arrigo, S. Z. Attari, C. M. Cianfrani, L. Dilling, J. J. Gurdak, S. K. Kampf, D. Kauneckis, C. J. Kirchhoff, J. Lee, B. R. Lintner, K. M. Mahoney, S. Opitz-Stapleton, P. Ray, A. B. South, A. P. Stubblefield, and J. Brugger. 2012. “Catalyzing Frontiers in Water-Climate-Society Research: A View from Early Career Scientists and Junior Faculty” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. April: 477-484. 

Fitzpatrick, J., M. Goggin, T. Heikkila, D. Klingner, J. Machado, and C. Martell. 2011. “A New Look at Comparative Public Administration: Trends in Research and An Agenda for the Future.” Public Administration Review. 71(6): 821-830.

Gerlak, A.  and T. Heikkila. 2011. “Building a Theory of Learning in Collaborative Institutions: Evidence from the Everglades Restoration Program.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 21(4): 619-644.  

Schlager, E. and T. Heikkila. 2011. “Left High and Dry?: Climate Change, Common Pool Resource Theory and the Adaptability of Western Water Compacts.” Public Administration Review. 71(3): 461-470. Also available online at: 

Heikkila, T., E. Schlager, and M.W. Davis. 2011. “The Role of Cross-Scale Institutional Linkages in Common Pool Resource Management: Assessing Interstate River Compacts.” Policy Studies Journal. 39(1): 121-145.

Fischhendler, I. and T. Heikkila. 2010. “Does IWRM support institutional reform? A policy perspective.” Ecology and Society. Ecology and Society 15 (1): 4. [online] URL:

Schlager, E. and T. Heikkila. 2009. “Resolving Water Conflicts:  A Comparative Analysis of Interstate River Compacts.” Policy Studies Journal.  37(3): 367-392.

Lall, U. T. Heikkila, C. Brown and T. Siegfried. 2008. “Water in the 21st Century: Defining the Elements of Global Crises and Potential Solutions.” Journal of International Affairs 61(2) 1-17. 

Heikkila, T. and K. R. Isett. 2007. “Citizen Involvement and Performance Management in Special Purpose Governments.” Public Administration Review 67(2): 237-247.

Gerlak, A. K. and T. Heikkila.  2007. “Collaboration and Institutional Endurance in U.S. Water Policy.” PS: Political Science and Politics. (January) 55-60. 

Gerlak, A.K. and T. Heikkila. 2006. “Comparing Collaborative Mechanisms in Large-Scale Ecosystem Governance.” Natural Resources Journal. 46.

Heikkila, T. and A. K. Gerlak. 2005. “The Formation of Large-scale Collaborative Resource Management Institutions: Clarifying the Roles of Stakeholders, Science, and Institutions.” Policy Studies Journal 33(4): 583-612.

Blomquist, W., T. Heikkila and E. Schlager. 2004. “Building the Agenda for Institutional Research in Water Resource Management.” Journal of the American Water Resources Association (August): 925-936.

Heikkila, T. and K. R. Isett. 2004. “Modeling Operational Decision-Making in Public Organizations: An Integration of Two Institutional Theories.” American Review of Public Administration. 34(1):3-19.

Heikkila, T. 2004. “Institutional Boundaries and Common-Pool Resource Management: A Comparative Analysis of Water Management Programs in California.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 23(1): 97-117.

Heikkila, T. 2003. “Coordination in the Management of Water Resources: Understanding the Role of Property Rights Institutions.” Water Policy. 5(4): 331-348.

Williams, B. L., H. K. Suen, S. E. Raza, T. Heikkila, and M. Pennock-Roman. 2003. “Diffusion of US Army Chemical Weapons Disposal Technologies: Public Perception of Technology Attributes” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 46(4): 499-522.

Blomquist, W., T. Heikkila and E. Schlager. 2001. “Institutions and Conjunctive Water Management among Three Western States.” Natural Resources Journal. 43(1): 653-683.

Books & Book Chapters
Lubell, M., A. Gerlak, and T. Heikkila. 2012. “Calfed and Collaborative Watershed
Management: Success Despite Failure?” in Making Space for the River. IWA Press.
Heikkila, T. and A. Gerlak. 2012. “Institutional Adaptation and Change in Collaborative
Watershed Management: An Examination of the Northwest Power and
Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program.”  In Transboundary River
Governance in the Face of Uncertainty: The Columbia River. Barbara Cosens, ed.
Oregon State University Press.
Gerlak, A. T. Heikkila and M. Lubell. 2012. “The Promise and Performance of Collaborative
Governance.” Chapter 19 in the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy
Sheldon Kamieniecki and Michael E. Kraft, Editors, Oxford University Press., pp.
Schlager, E. and T. Heikkila. 2012. “Left High and Dry?: Climate Change, Common Pool
Resource Theory and the Adaptability of Western Water Compacts.” Chapter 12 in:
Debating Public Administration: Challenges, Choices and Opportunities. Robert Durant,
ed., CRC Press.  (Condensed and reprinted version of Heikkila and Schlager 2011 Public
Administration Review article.)
Cohen, S., W. Eimicke and T. Heikkila. 2008.  The Effective Public Manager, Fourth Edition. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
Heikkila, T. 2007. “The Contribution of Public Choice Analysis to Decision Making Theories in Public Administration” in, The Handbook of Decision Making, ed. Goktug Morcol. New York: Taylor and Francis, pp. 21-38. 
Blomquist, W, E. Schlager, and T. Heikkila. 2004. Common Waters, Diverging Streams: Linking Institutions and Water Management in Arizona, California, and Colorado. Washington, D.C.: Resources for the Future Press. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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