First year PhD student Tierney Bamrick was recently accepted in the inaugural Ostrom Summer Academy, a six-week program hosted by the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University Bloomington. Its purpose is to “introduce early-career scholars and practitioners to the literatures and methodologies for which the Ostrom Workshop is known, including but not limited to: Ostrom Design Principles, Analytical Frameworks (IAD, GKC, SES), Polycentricity, and the Bloomington School.” During the Academy, Tierney will work on a project to theorize creativity as a common pool resource. This includes analysis of polycentric arts and culture systems and relates to recent expansions of Ostrom frameworks to philanthropy and knowledge commons.
PhD student Jongeun You published an article titled “Strengthening Cybersecurity of Water Infrastructure through Legislative Actions,” in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association and “Reinforcing Cybersecurity in the Water Sector” published in the trade magazine Water Resources IMPACT. In addition, You was interviewed by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada for his 2021 article “Advancing International Cooperation as a Strategy for Managing Pandemics,” which contributed to the report “Toward an Ecosystem Approach: COVID-19, Canada-Asia Pacific Relations, and International Organizations.”
PhD students Julia Cummings (pictured left) and Stephanie Puello were awarded National Civic League Pforzheimer Fellowship Mini-Grants. The program—named for Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr., who served on the board of the National Civic League for many years and was a banker, civic leader, and philanthropist in New York City—assists students in conducting research on public affairs.
PhD student Jongeun You will join the Colorado School of Mines in May 2022 as a postdoctoral fellow. He will conduct research to evaluate the role of hydropower in a changing energy system. Congratulations to Jongeun and to his advisors Drs. Weible, Heikkila, and Swann! Also, You recently published an article titled “Reinforcing Cybersecurity in the Water Sector” in the trade magazine Water Resources IMPACT.
PhD student Adam Croft has been named an American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Founders’ Fellow. The ASPA Founders’ Fellows program recognizes outstanding students and new professionals (within three years of their graduation) in the field of public service and public administration.
On December 10, the SPA PhD Student Association hosted its annual Zoom Scholar Series event featuring Dr. Pamela Herd of Georgetown University, who presented "Racialized Burdens: Applying Racialized Organization Theory to the Administrative State.”
PhD student and SPA lecturer Jongeun You published a book review on climate justice in the journal Progress in Development Studies. The reviewed book is Governance & Climate Justice: Global South & Developing Nations.
In October, CU Denver announced the winners of the CU Denver 2021 Pandemic Research and Creative Activities Award. PhD candidates and SPA lecturers Stephanie Bultema and Jongeun You were recipients of the Student Award for student MVPs who went above and beyond to contribute to research and the pandemic effort at large.
We often assume the ideal about our governments: they should act proportionately to the problems at hand. Governments should respond to minor issues with minor policy changes and major issues with major policy changes. This assumption of proportionality cumbers the effectiveness of solutions found across literatures, including adaptive management, sustainable development, and direct and deliberative democracy.
U.S. News & World Report today released its 2023 Best Graduate Schools Rankings, in which the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs is ranked number 29 in the nation overall for public affairs programs. The school is also ranked in the Top 25 for five sub-specialty rankings.
Artist, educator, activist, and School of Public Affairs graduate student Ricky Abilez can officially add “University of Colorado Thomas Jefferson Award winner” to their ever-growing list of titles. The system-level award, which honors students, faculty, and staff members who are committed to advancing public service, education, and the arts, serves as a reminder to Abilez that the work they do matters.
CU Denver alum Brad Reubendale, executive director of SAME (So All May Eat) Café on East Colfax, knows all too well what it means to lose everything. At 17, he and his family were excommunicated from the Missouri cult he’d been raised in. “The only humans I knew were my brothers and my parents until I got my feet back under me working in youth services for the Salvation Army.”