Lecturer/Research Assistant Professor, CDAE/Director Center for Research on VermontEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: 208G Morrill Hall
CDAE website profile: http://www.uvm.edu/cdae/?Page=bios/watts.php&SM=bios/biossubmenu.html
Areas of Interest
Strategic communications & media discourse, public policy, energy use and transportation behavior, citizen participation
Richard A. Watts, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on the relationships between public communications and policy outcomes. Richard examines the role of strategic communications in the development and implementation of public policy related to energy, transportation and public health. This research builds on his experience as a policy and communication professional in public policy and political campaigns, as a journalist and a consultant to government agencies, advocacy organizations and business groups. Richard most recently completed a book using this approach sponsored by the Center for Research on Vermont; Public Meltdown: The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. Richard grew up in Putney, Vermont and currently lives in Hinesburg with his wife and daughter and two dogs.
Ph.D. 2006 University of Vermont, Natural Resource Planning
M.A. 1989 Syracuse University, Newspaper Journalism
B.A. 1985 State University of New York at Cortland, Political Science
R. Watts. (2012). The Role of Media Actors in Reframing the Media Discourse in the Decision to Reject Relicensing the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.