From education policy to affordable housing, criminal justice reform to energy independence, these issues affect our neighborhoods, our cities and our society as a whole. To move forward and find solutions, the country needs leaders and collaborators with in-depth knowledge and a long-term vision.
As Colorado’s top school for public affairs, public administration and criminal justice, CU Denver School of Public Affairs is a great place to start.
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Principal Researchers:Professors Tanya Heikkila and Christopher Weible, University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs
Student Researchers:Jennifer Kagan and Jill Yordy Examining Unconventional Oil and Gas Development across the United States – Unconventional oil and gas development that uses hydraulic fracturing is one example of a contentious policy issue that is often associated with policy conflict. However, knowledge of the sources, characteristics, and effects of policy conflict around these contentious issues remains underdeveloped. Additionally, while conflicts around oil and gas development appear to be intense and growing, not all oil and gas policy issues are conflictual and not all conflicts are intense or intractable. This project explores differences across state-level policy decisions related to oil and gas development over the past decade, to provide an understanding of how different policy contexts influence the intensity of conflicts and their outcomes. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Profs. Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible (CU Denver) and Profs. Hongtao Yi and Ramiro Berardo (Ohio State University).