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Tyler Scott

Title: 
Assistant Professor

Tyler's research focuses on institutional design and management strategies for improving environmental governance in complex institutional settings. A primary component of this work involves the use of inferential network analysis methods for understanding network governance processes and stakeholder coordination. Scott also uses computational methods such as automated text analysis to generate novel data from procedural documents and agent-based modeling to simulate policy system behavior. Scott's work has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Urban Studies, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Current topics of interest include the resilience of community water systems and other local utilities, decision-making for infrastructure siting and design tradeoffs, the environmental and social impacts of metropolitan districts and other local special purpose government entities, and the role of stakeholder input and scientific evidence in NEPA environmental review processes.

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Office Location: 
2412 Wickson Hall

Gwen Arnold

Title: 
Assistant Professor

I am co-director of the CEPB. Much of my work investigates the conditions under which scientific knowledge is integrated into the public policy process. I examine how decision-makers obtain, interpret, and apply scientific knowledge to real-world environmental policy problems. I pay particular attention to the decisions of ground-level government officials whose day-to-day work shapes policy, analyzing how their institutional contexts affect their information and choice opportunities. Much of my current work focuses on the regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking); I am also interested in wetland and water policy. I use a variety of methods in my work, including surveys, interviews, social network analysis, and statistical analysis.

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Office Location: 
2144 Wickson Hall
Phone: 
(530) 752-6718
Fax: 
(530) 752-5277

Mark Lubell

Title: 
Professor

My research focuses on human behavior and the role of governance institutions in solving collective action problems and facilitating cooperation. The collective action problems associated with environmental policy provide a laboratory for my research. My current projects include watershed management, environmental activism, agricultural best management practices, and institutional change in local governments. I also dabble in experimental economics and simulation techniques to further explore collective action theory. See a recent talk at Yale here: http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/faculty/lubell/Professional/LubellYale.mov

Contact Information
Office Location: 
2146 Wickson Hall
Phone: 
(530) 752-5880
Fax: 
(530) 752-3350
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Research Statement: Cooperation and Natural Resource Management

I study collective-action problems in theory, lab, and field settings using quantitative and qualitative empirical methods. Collective-action problems occur when individuals make self-interested decisions that produce socially undesirable outcomes. People encounter collective-action problems on a daily basis. For example, many people are familiar with the difficulties of encouraging people to cooperate to clean a house or apartment. Or maybe you have tried to organize a sports team or other group activity, and discovered that some people will enjoy the benefits of the group without contributing any time or effort. Collective-action problems occur when everyone is willing to free ride, and therefore nothing is accomplished.

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