Talk on “A Socio-Ecological Systems View of Environmental and Infrastructure Management: Implication for Water Resource Management”

The talk was delivered by Professor Christopher Koliba and it was held at the Faculty of Engineering on 14th March.

Brief of the talk: Details of a large scale study and computer simulation modeling of the Lake Champlain Basin as a social ecological system. Details of an integrated assessment model that includes a regionally downscale climate model, a hydrological model, and a land use transition model will be presented, as well implications for the science-policy interface. Details regarding how policy interventions and incentive structures will be shared. Possible applications of some of these approaches to the Northern Providence will be explored.

Biography: Christopher Koliba is a Professor in the Community Development and Applied Economics Department at the University of Vermont (UVM), the Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program, the Co-Director of the Social Ecological Gaming and Simulation (SEGS) Lab and a fellow at the Gund Institute on Ecological Economics. He possesses a Ph.D. and an MPA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His research interests include environmental governance, governance networks, community resilience, network performance and accountability, with applications to water quality, food systems, energy systems, emergency and disaster response, and sustainable transportation systems. He has served as PI, Co-PI or Science Leader on grants from the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Transportation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Vermont Department of Education, and the Spencer Foundation. Koliba is the science leader for the social systems team of Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) project of Vermont EPSCoR. He is the lead author of Governance Network in Public Administration and Public Policy published by Taylor & Francis and has published articles in many of the leading public administration and public policy journals. He is recent past chair of the Complexity and Network Studies section of the American Society of Public Administration. He teaches courses pertaining to public policy and public affairs, public administration, organizational theory and behavior, systems analysis and strategic management, and the intersection of science and society.