University of Vermont

Upcoming speaker Dr. Naim Kapucu visiting campus on March 28

Dr. Naim Kapucu, Professor at the University of Central Florida and Director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, will be visiting UVM on March 28 to present “Community Based Research (CBR) in Generating Usable Knowledge for Public Policy and Management”.

The UVM-MPA Program, the James M. Jeffords Policy Research Center, and the Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning (CUPS) Office is sponsoring the event.

The event will be held in the Dean’s Conference Room in Morrill Hall from 2 to 3 pm on March 28.

About the Author: His main research interests are emergency and crisis management, decision-making in complex environment, collaborative governance, and organizational learning and design. His book Network governance in response to acts of terrorism: Comparative analyses was published in 2012 by Routledge. He teaches collaborative public management, public and nonprofit management, emergency and crisis management, research methods, and analytic techniques for public administration courses. He can be reached at

Abstract: Community Based Research (CBR) is an emerging approach used by researchers in partnership with practitioners and community members to tackle complex social problems. This approach has been widely applied to health sciences and the field of education. Its application to the field of public policy and management is fairly new and as a result frameworks for its application are underdeveloped. This presentation discusses the rationale for applying this tool to the public policy and management field, and outlines major challenges that exist in its application. This presentation also highlights key principles of CBR and applies them to a study funded by a federal agency in the US.