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PhD Student Profiles involved in environmental issues 


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Laurie Manderino

Research: Her current research project relates to Voluntary Environmental Programs. She is also interested in the linkages among policy, financial incentives, and community outreach programs in achieving sustainable urban infrastructure goals.


Mark Morland

Research: Mark Morland's research interests are dominated by Municipal Policy issues, especially environmental ones. Common pool resource issues and water, and voluntary storm water quality issues are a few of my topics of research and interest. Voluntary carbon policy is another research interest. Mr. Morland's dissertation proposal is on the voluntary municipal carbon programs of ICLEI and the Mayors Climate agreement, and analyzes the critical moments in policy adoption and implementation, learning, and whether the cities have real carbon reduction or a false voice about membership.


Saba Siddiki

Research: Saba's dissertation research focuses on the role of formal and informal institutions in environmental/natural resource policy related areas. The policy process theories Saba is currently using in her research and other projects include the Institutional Analysis and Development, Social Construction, and Advocacy Coalition frameworks. She is also currently a member of the Aquaculture Partnerships Project Team, led by Dr. Chris Weible.


Andi Pattison

Research: While pursuing his PhD in Public Affairs at UCD under the IGERT program, Andy is continuing his research in municipal-scale sustainable development policy centered on energy and climate issues. The working title of his dissertation is "Beliefs, Learning, and Policy Entrepreneurs: An Examination of Local Climate Policy Development".


Anita Davis

Research: Anita's dissertation research focuses on the use of social networks to diffuse sustainable technology. Her research will focus on a Denver neighborhood and will examine how energy information is communicated through social networks and how people are influenced to adopt energy conservation technology.


Sheila Huss

Research: Research Methods; Policy theory; social and environmental justice issues; criminology


Mark Davis

Research: Mark came to UCD to pursue his PhD in Public Affairs from the School of Public Affairs with research funding from the National Science Foundation's IGERT in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure. Mark found this combination to be a perfect marriage of his interests in researching policy topics and environmental issues.

Mark's environmental focus is on what is referred to as "hard" or "grey" infrastructure - that is the physical structures that make up infrastructure: roadways, pipes, treatment/storage/disposal facilities, etc. Mark's policy focus is on "policy instruments" - that is the tools and mechanisms used by government to achieve a desired end. Mark is currently conducting interstate river basin research for the Western United States under the direction of Dr. Tanya Heikkila | 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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