Evans School Research Seminar Series



Upcoming Seminars*


Monday, June 1:  Tim McDaniels, Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia.  “Decision-aiding for climate change adaptation within social-environmental resource systems: Learning from experience with forestry, fisheries, and biodiversity in British Columbia”. Paper



A recent report from the National Research Council (available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12626#toc) outlines the need for climate-related decision support to help inform complex decisions about adaptation to climate change. The focus of this paper is on learning from experience regarding climate-related decision support approaches in several British Columbia examples that involve large-scale coupled human-environmental systems. We begin with a discussion of key issues regarding climate adaptation and why it is far more difficult in environmental contexts than has been assumed. Then we turn to the lessons to be drawn from climate-related decision support efforts related to (i) Fraser River Sockeye salmon (from an expert view and a First Nations view),  (ii) Mountain pine beetle infestations and (iii) potential expansion of protected areas in the Yukon to Yellowstone corridor. Each of the cases involves different contexts (e.g., before and after the disaster has hit) and different approaches. We discuss the potential role of robust decision-making for climate adaptation, and outline the elements of a judgmental-based approach, through one of the cases above. Overall, we argue that climate adaptation in environmental contexts is far more complex and contentious than compared to urban climate adaptation.


*Unless otherwise noted, all talks are 11:30-12:30 in the Forum (Parrington Hall 3rd floor)




Past Seminars

Friday, May 1:  Mark Warren, Professor and Merilees Chair in the Study of Democracy, University of British Columbia.  “Governance-driven democratization” (full paper).  ***12-1:30 in the Forum***



We are witnessing a new and important development in the history of democracy:  policy and administration are moving into the front lines of the project of democratization. On the face of it, this development comes as something of a surprise to those who have viewed democratization as the mission of class agents and social movements, or as a matter of establishing and reforming electoral processes and the rule of law. Who would have thought that policy and policy-making—the province of technocrats and administrators—would move into the vanguard of democratization?  And yet it is in this domain—not in electoral democracy—that we are seeing a rebirth of strongly democratic ideals, including empowered participation, focused deliberation, and attentiveness to those affected by decisions. I refer to these developments as governance-driven democratization, conceptualize its features, and survey its possibilities and dangers.



Monday, May 18:  Richard Carson, Professor, Dept of Economics, Univ of California, San Diego. “Structuring Australia’s Climate Change Plan: The Public’s Views"


Monday, April 20: Hans Scholl and Karine Barzilai-Nahon,  Assoc. and Assistant Professors, Information School (UW).  Dr. Barzilai-Nahon directs the Center for Information & Society at the I School.  "E-Commerce and e-Government: How Do They Compare? What Can They Learn From Each Other?”

Monday, March 9:  Craig Thomas, Associate Professor, Evans School.  Should We Worry About Foxes In Henhouses? Voting Behavior on Regional Fisheries Management Councils

Monday, Feb 23: Brint Milward, Associate Dean and Director, School of Public Administration and Policy, The University of Arizona.  Is the Substitute State Recession Proof?”  (slides)         

Monday, Feb 9: Alan Whiteside, Professor and Director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (SA).  Is HIV/AIDS Still Exceptional?” (slides)

Monday, Jan 26:, Emanuele Padovani, University of Bologna.  "Conceptualizing Performance Across Continents: The Case of Performance Expectations Prior to and After Public Crises in Europe and North America" (paper)

Monday, Jan 12: Rachel Garschick-Kleit, Assoc. Professor, Evans School, "The influence on strategic decisions of Public Housing Authorities under devolution" (joint with Steve Page) (paper)

Monday, Oct 27: Mark Long, Assoc. Professor, Evans School, "Explaining Race, Poverty and Gender Disparities in Advanced Course-Taking"

Monday, Oct 8: Ethan Cohen-Cole, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, "Household bankruptcy decision: the role of information-sharing vs. social stigma"  (Paper)