2017 Annual Institute

2017 Annual Institute
Society of Policy Scientists
November 16-18, 2017
Brown University in Providence, RI

"Employing Developmental Constructs to Assist in Problem Oriented Policy Research"


Institute Agenda

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Hampton Inn Shuttle Schedule



Thursday, November 16, 2017
Location: Petteruti Lounge
2nd Floor, Robert Campus Center
75 Waterman Street

6:00-8:00: Continuing Education Seminar: Developing Constructs and Professional Development as a Policy Scientist
(Pizza and beverages to be served)

Hosted by Dr. Rich Wallace, Professor of Environmental Studies, Ursinus College




Friday, November 17, 2017
Location: Robert Campus Center

8:00-9:00 Coffee and Bagels (Petteruti Lounge)

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Introduction

Dr. Amanda Lynch, Director of IBES and Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University

9:30-10:30 Discussion on Developmental Constructs

Andrew Willard, University of Iowa
Bill Ascher, Claremont McKenna College
Garry Brewer, Yale University

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 Morning Session

Petteruti Lounge:

Evan Andrews (School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability, University of Waterloo), An Anti-Science, Post-Fact World

Sarah Baines (School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan), The Rising Legitimacy of Indigenous Rights, Knowledge, and Self-determination

Discussant: Dr. Toddi Steelman, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan

12:15-1:30 Mentorship Lunch

1:30- 2:30 Breakout Sessions

Petteruti Lounge:

Dr. Semra Aytur (Department of Health Management and Policy, University of New Hampshire), Applying the Developmental Constructs to Climate Change Adaptation at the Local Scale: A Collaborative Case Study of the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary, New Hampshire

Faunce Memorial Room:

Dr. Charles Norchi (Benjamin Thompson Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law), Developmental Constructs and the Arctic

2:30-3:00 Reflection as a group (Petteruti Lounge)

3:00-3:30 Coffee Break

3:30-4:30 Breakout Sessions

Petteruti Lounge:

Brian Chmelik (Claremont McKenna College), Modern Immigration and Integration Policy Frameworks in Europe

Faunce Memorial Room:

Dr. Siri Veland (Brown University), The Petroleum Discourse in Lofoten, Norway: Finding Common Ground?

4:30–5:00 Reflection as a group(Petteruti Lounge)

6:00–7:30 Speaker: Dr. Jeff Colgan
Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served at:
Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES)
Room 101, 85 Waterman Street

Climate change and the politics of military bases (Forthcoming at Global Environmental Politics in 2018)

How does climate change affect the politics of military bases, especially those located overseas? The United States alone has hundreds of overseas bases that require continuous political coordination with host governments. I argue that climate change can create knock-on environmental problems associated with a military base’s infrastructure or wastes that disrupt the international politics that govern the base. Those knock-on environmental problems create an unfunded liability for the host country, the country operating the base, or both. This liability creates a mix of intra-national, international, and transnational political contestation that raises the political costs of overseas bases and, in an extreme case, could rupture the international relationship that allows such bases to operate. I probe the plausibility of our theoretical framework using new evidence from Greenland. Between 1953 and 1967, the US Army maintained various clandestine bases in the Greenland ice sheet as precursors for a larger ballistic missile complex. The bases were eventually abandoned with minimal decommissioning, leaving large quantities of wastes buried in the ice sheet. Climate change is now poised to remobilize these pollutants into the surface water, creating a risk that they will spread and enter the food chain in the nearest human settlements. The case could be the proverbial canary in the coalmine for future politics surrounding overseas military bases.




Dr. Jeff D. Colgan is the Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. His research focuses on the political economy of international security, especially as it relates to energy politics.

His book, Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War, was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press. He has published work in International Organization, World Politics, International Security and elsewhere. He also occasionally blogs at the Monkey Cage, Foreign Affairs, and elsewhere.
Professor Colgan previously taught at the School of International Service of American University 2010-2014, and was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC in 2012-13. He completed his Ph.D. at Princeton University, and was a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley, where he earned a Master’s in Public Policy. Dr. Colgan has worked with the World Bank, McKinsey & Company, and The Brattle Group.




Saturday, November 18, 2017
Location: Robert Campus Center

8:00-9:00 Coffee and Bagels (Petteruti Lounge)

9:00-10:00 Breakout Sessions

Petteruti Lounge:

Dr. Katrina Korfmacher (University of Rochester), Local Environmental Health Initiatives: Lessons Learned, Conceptual Frameworks, and Research Needs

Dr. Richard Burroughs (University of Rhode Island), Developmental Constructs for the U.S. Energy versus Environment Debate: 1950s onward

Faunce Memorial Room:

Dr. Shane Day (School of Public Administration University of New Mexico), What Bears Ears National Monument Designation (and Potential Re-Designation) Can Tell Us about Native Americans’ Influence in Natural Resource Management on Public Lands

10:00-10:30 Reflection as a group(Petteruti Lounge)

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:45 Breakout Sessions

Petteruti Lounge:

Karine David (School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability, University of Waterloo), A Policy Sciences Approach to Emotions in Water Governance

Norman Kearney, (School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability, University of Waterloo), Conflicts over Living Well: An Experiment in Analysis, Synthesis, and Praxis of Dissonant Discourses in Development)

Faunce Memorial Room:

Carol Castleberry (St. Thomas School of Law), The Global Culture of Bullying and Human Rights

11:45-12:15 Reflection as a group (Petteruti Lounge)

12:15-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-2:30 General Appraisal Issues of Developmental Constructs

Dr. Toddi Steelman, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan

Evan Andrews, University of Waterloo

Dr. Zac Bischoff-Mattson, Brown University

2:30-3:00 Presentations by Award Winners

3:00-3:30 Coffee Break

3:30-4:15 Business Meeting: General

4:15-5:00 Business Meeting: Academy

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour
6:45-8:00 Dinner
Location: Brown Faculty Club

1 Magee Street
Providence, RI 02912