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Andy Pattison


 

 BIOGRAPHY

 

Andy Pattison received his B.A. in Biology from Skidmore College in 1999 and went on to work as a conservation biologist for The Nature Conservancy in New York and Colorado specializing in butterfly habitat protection. Andy later worked as an educator and ecotourism guide Central America and Fiji with Blue Academy, a company he co-founded, while also teaching at Monte del Sol, a charter school in Santa Fe, NM. 

Andy completed his MPA with a focus in Environmental Policy, Management, and Law at UCD’s School of Public Affairs (SPA) in 2007 while working at the Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development Policy as a policy researcher and advocate. In that same year he was awarded a National Science Foundation IGERT grant to pursue his PhD at SPA through the interdisciplinary Sustainable Urban Infrastructure program. 

Andy’s research interests include: local climate and sustainability policy, policy process theories, the role of science and technical information in policy-making, and issues of social equity in sustainability and climate policy. As a member of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CSIS) at UCD Andy worked on teams completing greenhouse gas inventories and climate action plans for local governments in Colorado. He taught classes in the MPA program, including “Public Administration and Public Service”. 

He’ll be defending his dissertation, “Learning through Belief Change and Reinforcement: A Study of Coalitions in Climate and Energy Issues”, in 2014.  Committee members: Chris Weible, Paul Teske, Tanya Heikkila, Debi Main (from the Department of Health & Behavioral Sciences), and Michele Betsill (from CSU's Dept. of Political Science).

In addition to his academic work, in 2009 Andy participated as a Fellow in: the Denver Community Leadership Forum, as well as the Colorado State Political Leaders Fellowship. In 2010 & 2011 Andy was also the Sustainability Director for the Auraria Higher Education Center, a 50,000-person campus in downtown Denver, and a member of the Governor’s Pollution Prevention Advisory Board providing policy advice to the Governor and the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment.

In late 2011 Andy moved to Santa Barbara to join his partner Chandra who was beginning her doctorate at UCSB. Andy worked as a Senior Planner in the Sustainability and Climate Change team for PMC leading greenhouse gas inventories and climate action planning project for local governments and clients before leaving to launch his own consulting company. In 2014 Andy was elected to the Steering Committee of Ventura County Leadership Academy and appointed by Ventura City Council as a Board Commissioner of the City of Ventura Housing Authority.  

He has presented at many national academic conferences and published articles in: Society & Natural Resources, The Policy Studies Journal, Environmental Science & Policy, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and the Canadian Political Science Review. He has a chapter in a forthcoming book World Turning: Race, Class, Gender, and Global Climate Change, which he wrote with his wife, a Sociology PhD candidate at UCSB. 

Andy is currently a visiting faculty member in the Department of Policy Studies at California Lutheran University. He classes in the Master in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program such as: Public policy & Administration, Sustainable Develop Policy, Organizational Theory & Development, and Research Methods.

 

 RESEARCH

 

Publications

Books & Book Chapters:

“Climate Action Planning: The Urban Equity Dilemma”. Chandra Russo and Andrew Pattison. Forthcoming in World Turning: Race, Class, Gender, and Global Climate Change/An Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Climate Change. Edited by S. Joshi, Prasad Bhandari, M., Godfrey, P., and Hallum-Montes, R.

“Energy Management and Conservation Muni Best Practices”. Andrew Pattison. A publication of the Colorado Municipal League and the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy, August 2007.

Articles:

Ecological Modernization or Aristocratic Conservation: Examining the Impact of Affluence on Carbon Emissions at the Local Level”. Andrew Pattison, Robby Habans, and Matthew Thomas Clement. Forthcoming in Society and Natural Resources

“Social Construction and Policy Design: A Review of Past Applications” (2014). Jonathan J. Pierce, Saba Siddiki, Michael D. Jones, Kristin Schumacher, Andrew Pattison, and Holly Peterson. Policy Studies Journal.  42(1): 1-29.

“A Social-Ecological Infrastructural Systems (SEIS) Framework for Interdisciplinary Study of Sustainable City Systems: An Integrative Curriculum Across Seven Major Disciplines” (2012). Anu Ramaswami, Christopher Weible, Deborah Main, Tanya Heikkila, Saba Siddiki, Andrew Duvall, Andrew Pattison, Meghan Bernard. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 16(6): 801-813.  

“Policy Analytical Capacity Inside and Outside Government: A Case Study of Colorado Climate and Energy Issues” (2012). Dallas Elgin, Andrew Pattison, and Christopher M. Weible. Canadian Political Science Review. 6(1): 101-116. 

“Policy Analytical Capacity and Policy Activities” (2012). Christopher Weible, Dallas Elgin, and Andrew Pattison. Canadian Political Science Review. 6(1): 125-137.   

“Harnessing Expert-Based Information for Learning and the Sustainable Management of Complex Socio-Ecological Systems” (2010). Christopher M. Weible, Andrew Pattison, and Paul Sabatier. Environmental Science & Policy. 13(6): 522-534.

Conference Papers & Presentations:

"The Effect of Policy Activities on Learning as Policy Belief Change and Belief Reinforcement.” Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Western Economic International Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO. June 30, 2014

The Effect of Information and Information Sources on Learning as Policy Belief Change and Belief Reinforcement.” Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. April 5, 2014

The Effect of Organizational Affiliation on Learning as Policy Belief Change and Belief Reinforcement.” Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Annual Conference. Washington D.C. November 9, 2013

“Climate Action Planning: The Urban Equity Dilemma”. Andrew Pattison & Chandra Russo Presented at the UCSB Annual Conference on Environmental Politics and Policy. Santa Barbara, CA. May 31, 2013.

“Belief Change and Reinforcement in Policy Actors: An Application of the Advocacy Coalition Framework to State and Local Climate and Energy Issues”. Presented at the Western Social Science Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO April 13, 2013.           

“Production or Consumption? Unpacking the Socio-Economic Drivers of Carbon Emissions at the County Level”. Andrew Pattison, Robby Habans, and Matthew Thomas Clement. Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. April 12 – 15, 2012. 

 

“Policy Analytical Capacity and Policy Activities”. Dallas Elgin, Andrew Pattison, and Chris Weible. Presented at: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. November 3-5, 2011 & Western Economic Association International Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. June 29 – July 3, 2011.

“Policy Analytical Capacity Inside and Outside Government: A Case Study of Colorado Climate and Energy Issues”. Dallas Elgin, Andrew Pattison, and Chris Weible. Presented at the Western Economic Association International Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. June 29 – July 3, 2011.

“Maintaining Momentum: Moving from a GHG Inventory to a Climate Action Plan”. Andrew Pattison and Jarrett Smith. Presented at: the Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit. Boulder, CO. February 2011 & The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference. Denver, CO. Oct 11 2010.

"Understanding What is Inside the Box: Analysis of Policy Design and Social Construction". Jonathan Pierce, Kristin Schumacher, Saba Siddiki, and Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. April 22-25, 2010.

“A Review of Green Job Estimations for Colorado”. Andrew Pattison, Abel Chavez, Anu Ramaswami, and Blair Gifford. Presented at the Colorado Wal-Mart Green Jobs Council Summit. Denver, CO. November 18, 2009.

“Conducting a Greenhouse Gas Inventory”. Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit. Boulder, CO. February 11-13, 2009.

“An Analysis of Policy Pathways to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Residential Buildings". Andrew Pattison. Presented at the University of Colorado Denver Annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium. Denver, CO. April 11, 2008.

“Be the Change”. Andrew Pattison. Presented at Political Participation: Mainstream to Radical Perspectives Conference. Denver, CO. May 1, 2007.

“Initiating and Implementing the Expansion of a Clean Energy Program into a Integrated Sustainable Campus Program”. Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit. Boulder, CO. February 22-23, 2007.

 

 

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