Mark Davis is a PhD Candidate in the School of Public Affairs. Mark passed comprehensive exams in the fall of 2011. He completed course work, defended his dissertation proposal, and was advanced to candidacy in the spring of 2012. The working title of his dissertation is, “Examining the Efficiency and Equity of Municipal Solid Waste Service Production at the City Scale”. Marks anticipated completion date for his dissertation and the PhD program is December 2013.
Mark Davis has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Public Policy from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University. His Masters Capstone was an analysis of the Clean Air Act's transition from "command and control" regulations to "market based" instruments in relation to the regulation of sulfur dioxide emissions. Before joining the School of Public Affairs, Mark worked 14+ years in the environmental field in the areas of drinking water management, wastewater treatment, and solid and hazardous waste management--with a particular focus on recycling. Over his career Mark has worked for government entities, not-for-profits and for-profit corporations. Mark also was an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs for 7 years where he taught policy courses ranging from national and international policy to local government and environmental policy.
In his free time, Mark is an avid biker, hiker, and camper. Mark's preferred campus commute is a bike ride, but he has certainly enjoyed having Denver's light rail network available as his back-up option.
Mark’s research areas include: public policy / policy analysis, environmental policy, sustainability policy, urban affairs, and collaborative governance.
Mark came to CU Denver 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 has served as research assistant for Dr. Tanya Heikkila since August 2009, projects have included: interstate river basin research for the Western United States and collaborative governance research for the Florida Everglades. Research has included data gathering, data coding, data analysis, interviews, database management, and co- authoring and presenting of academic papers. Co-author for several additional conference papers, peer reviewed papers, and journal articles with co-authors beyond Dr. Heikkila.
Peer Reviewed Publications
- Lead-author. “Linking Social Actors by Linking Social Theories: Toward Improving GHG Mitigation Strategies.” Carbon Management, Volume 2, Number 4, August 2011. Co-author with Chris Weible.
- Lead-author. “Case Study: The Indiana Household Hazardous Waste Task Force.” Honorable mention for “best case study” for 2011. Awarded by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, Maxwell School, Syracuse University in March 2011. Co-author with Danielle Varda.
- Lead-author. “Teaching Simulation: Mapping Network Structure in Complex Community Collaboratives.” Honorable mention for “best educational simulation” for 2011. Awarded by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, Maxwell School, Syracuse University in March 2011. Co-author with Danielle Varda.
- Co-author. “The Role of Cross-Scale Institutional Linkages in Common Pool Resource Management: Assessing Interstate River Compacts.” Policy Studies Journal, Volume 39, Number 1, February 2011. Co-author with Tanya Heikkila and Edella Schlager.
- Previous version presented at American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, September 2010.
- Previous version presented as SPA conference paper IAD Symposium, University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs, Denver, CO, April 2010.
- Author. “Fragmentation Versus Consolidation: Investigating Efficiency and Equity in Solid Waste Collection at the City Level in the Cities of Colorado Springs, Denver, and Indianapolis.” Conference paper for American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, September 2012.
- Co-author. “Structuring Public Engagement in Collaborative Environmental Management: A 10-Year Analysis of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Program.” Conference paper for American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, September 2012. Co-author with Andrea Gerlak and Tanya Heikkila.
- Co-author. “Studying Cross-Scale Infrastructures, Actors, and Institutions: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainable Cities.” Conference paper for American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, September 2011. Co-author with Chris Weible, Anu Ramaswami, Saba Siddiki, Zeliko Spiric, and Tanya Heikkila.
- Co-author. “Investigating the Politics of Collaborative Processes: A Study of Collective Choice Decision-Making in the Everglades Restoration Program.” Conference paper for American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, September 2011. Co-author with Andrea Gerlak and Tanya Heikkila.
- Lead-author. “Case Study: Denver Water Conservation Planning – Planning for Tomorrow via Demand Control.” Conference paper for July 2011 UCOWR/NIWR Conference. Co-author with Ann Scheerer and Joshua Sperling.