O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
1315 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
I am a social scientist and assistant professor at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. At the O'Neill School, I direct the Metropolitan Governance and Management Transitions (MGMT) Laboratory. My research focuses on the roles that public managers play in enhancing economic, environmental and social sustainability at the local and metropolitan scales. The goal is to build cumulative knowledge which can help local governments advance sustainable economic and community development.
One way the MGMT Lab will tackle this complexity is through national- and metropolitan-level analyses and mixed-methods designs to explore sustainable development and resiliency. I have recently completed one grant-supported project examining how fragmentation influences inter-local collaboration on sustainability utilizing surveys of U.S. cities and interviews with Chicago-area city managers.
My current focus is to expand on this effort with city managers through both experimental designs and interview-based, qualitative strands to explore ways for measuring and managing sustainability performance.
A priority of the MGMT Lab is taking an inter-disciplinary approach to studying sustainability transitions. Over the next four years (2019-2023), I am working with a research team at Arizona State University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Nevada-Reno to study transitions in water management in U.S. cities. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and launched through the support of the National Center for Socio-Environmental Synthesis (SESYNC).