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Dr. Asim Zia is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Decision Analysis in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer Science, at the University of Vermont. He is Associate Director of Vermont EPSCOR, Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security (IEDS) and Co-Director of the Social Ecological Gaming and Simulation (SEGS)
lab at the University of Vermont. Dr. Zia is undertaking NSF funded
work on developing computational integrated assessment models that
project and quantify high-resolution impacts of global climate change
and land-use land cover change on watershed scale hydrological systems
and lake systems, and their feedbacks on social systems. Dr. Zia has
published widely on international climate policy, management of social
ecological systems, risk communication, risk management, international
development, tropical forest conservation, and adaptation to climate
change in the US, Latin American, African and Asian contexts. He is
also working on grant funded projects pertaining to mainstreaming early
warning systems in
development and planning processes; spatial planning, optimization and
control to ensure food, energy and water security in the face of
climate change induced extreme events, and designing institutions and
governance networks to assess and mitigate risks from environmental,
social and political drivers of change. Asim Zia has published
more than forty peer-reviewed articles/book chapters and three books.
Most recently, Rutledge Press published his book “Post-Kyoto Climate
Governance: Confronting the Politics of Scale, Ideology and Knowledge.”
He has served as a Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator or
Co-Investigator on sixteen research grants worth more than $55 Million.
Grant funds have been secured from National Science Foundation,
McArthur Foundation, US-DOT, US-DoD and USDA. He serves on
scientific review board of national socio-environmental synthesis center (SESYNC), acts as an academic editor for PLOS One, associate editor of Complexity, Governance and Networks and editorial board member of Journal of Policy and Complex Systems. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology; and recipient of 2004-2005 best dissertation award from Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
He has also served in the civil superior services of Pakistan as part
of 21st common training program (1993-94) and worked for Economic Affairs Division
in the Federal Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs (1995-2000),
administering bilateral and multilateral developmental assistance
projects from Germany, Asian Development Bank, US-AID and Aus-Aid.
Koliba, C., Zia, A.,
Schroth, A., Bomblies, A., Van Houten, J., and Rizzo, D. (2016) The
Lake Champlain Basin as a Complex Adaptive System: Insights from the
Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (“RACC”) Project. Vermont
Journal of Environmental Law 17(4): 533-563
Schulz, Anna, Asim Zia, Christopher Koliba (2015) Adapting
Bridge Infrastructure to Climate Change: Institutionalizing Resilience
in Intergovernmental Transportation Planning Processes in the
Northeastern United States. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for
Global Change. Online First DOI 10.1007/s11027-015-9672-x
Littenberg, B., Bonnell, L. N., LeBruin, A. S., Lubetkin, D.
A., Troy, A. R., & Zia, A. (2015). The Relationship Between Access
to Natural Environmental Amenities and Obesity. Cureus, 7(11).
Tsai, Yushiou, Asim Zia, Christopher Koliba, Justin Guilbert,
Gabriela Bucini, Brian Beckage (2015). An Interactive Land Use
Transition Agent-Based Model (ILUTABM): Endogenizing Human-Environment
Interactions at Watershed Scales. Land Use Policy 49: 161-176.
Zia, A., Koliba, C. (2015) The Emergence of Attractors Under
Multi-level Institutional Designs: Agent-Based Modeling of
Intergovernmental Decision Making for Funding Transportation Projects.
AI & Society: Knowledge, Culture and Communication: 30: 315-331.
Hamed, Ahmed; Alexa Ayer; Eric Clark; Erin Irons; Grant
Taylor; Asim Zia (2015) Measuring Climate Change on Twitter Using
Google's Algorithm: Perception and Events. International Journal of Web
Information Systems: 11(4). http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJWIS-08-2015-0025
Fernandez, Luca, Chris Koliba, Asim Zia, Katherine Cheung,
Richard Solomon, Chris Jones (2015) System Dynamics Modeling can be
Leveraged to Predict Critical Care Pathways and Costs for End Stage
Renal Disease (ESRD): US Population to 2020. Journal of Health
Economics and Outcomes Research, 3(1): 24-33
Scheinert, Steve, Christopher Koliba, Stephanie Hurly, Sarah
Coleman, and Asim Zia (2015) The Shape of Watershed Governance:
Locating Network Boundaries within Multiplex Networks. Complexity,
Governance and Networks, 2(1): 65-82. DOI 10.7564 15-CGN25
Novak, David, Chris Koliba, Asim Zia, Matt Tucker (2015)
Evaluating the outcomes associated with an innovative change in a
state-level transportation project prioritization process: A case study
of Vermont. Transport Policy 42: 130-143
Zia, Asim, Courtney Hammond Wagner (2015) Mainstreaming Early
Warning Systems in Development and Planning Processes: Multi-level
implementation of Sendai Framework in Indus and Sahel. International
Journal of Disaster Risk Science 6(2): 189-199. DOI
Zia, Asim, Christopher Koliba, Jack Meek, Anna Schulz (2015)
Scale and Intensity of Collaboration as Determinants of Performance
Management Gaps in Polycentric Governance Networks: Evidence from
a National Survey of MPOs. Policy & Politics: Advancing Knowledge
in Public and Social Policy 43(3): 367-390
Hamed, Ahmed Abdeen; Asim Zia (2015) Mining Climate Change
Awareness on Twitter: A PageRank Network Analysis Method. In
Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2015 Volume 9155 of
the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (pp. 16-31). Heidelberg,
Zia, Asim, Paul Hirsch, Hoang Van Thang, Tran Chi Trung,
Sheila O’Connor, Thomas McShane, Pete Brosius, Bryan Norton (2015)
Eliciting Inter-Temporal Value Trade-Offs: A Deliberative
Multi-Criteria Analysis of Vietnam’s Bai Tu Long National Park
Management Scenarios. IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the
Environment: 2(1): 41-62.
Koliba, C., Berman, M., Brune, N., Zia, A. (2014) The Salience
and Complexity of Building, Regulating, and Governing the Smart Grid:
Lessons from a Statewide Public-Private Partnership. Energy Policy 74:
Koliba, C., Reynolds, A., Zia, A., and Scheinert, S. (2014).
Isomorphic Properties of Network Governance: Comparing Two Watershed
Governance Initiatives in the Lake Champlain Basin Using Institutional
Network Analysis. Complexity, Governance and Networks. 1(2): 99-118.
Zia, A., Kauffman, S., Koliba, C., Beckage, B., Vattay, G.,
Bomblies, A. (2014) From the Habit of Control to Institutional
Enablement: Re-envisioning the Governance of Social-Ecological Systems
from the Perspective of Complexity Sciences. Complexity, Governance and
Networks. 1(1): 79-88. DOI: 10.7564/14-CGN4
Zia, Asim, Bryan Norton, Sara Metcalf, Paul Hirsch, Bruce
Hannon (2014) Spatial Discounting, Place Attachment and Environmental
Concern: Toward an Ambit-Based Theory of Sense of Place. Journal of
Environmental Psychology. 40: 283-295. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2014.08.001
Zia, A., Hameed, K. (2014) Politics of Conflict in Pakistan’s
Tribal Areas: Vulnerability Reduction in Violence-Prone Complex
Adaptive Systems. In Middle East Conflicts & Reforms, edited by
Mohammed M. Aman and M. J. Parker Aman. Washington, DC: Policy Studies
Organization/Westphalia Press, Pages 223-236. ISBN-13:978-1941472002
Zia, A. (2013) Post-Kyoto Climate Governance: Confronting the Politics of Scale, Ideology and Knowledge. Rutledge, London UK
Beckage, B., Kauffman, S., Zia, A., Koliba, C. and Gross, L.
J. (2013) More complex complexity: exploring the nature of
computational irreducibility across physical, biological, and human
social systems. In Irreducibility and Computational Equivalence:
Wolfram Science 10 Years After the Publication of A New Kind of Science.
Hirsch, Paul, Pete Brosius, Sheila O’Connor, Asim Zia,
Meredith Welch-Devine, Juan Luis Dammert, Jennifer L. Rice, Zachary R.
Anderson, Sarah Hitchner, John Schelhas, Thomas O. McShane (2013)
Navigating Complex Trade-Offs in Conservation and Development: An
Integrative Framework. Issues in Integrative Studies 31: 99-122
Zia, A., Kauffman, S., Niiranen, S. (2012) The Prospects and
Limits of Algorithms in Simulating Creative Decision Making. Emergence:
Complexity and Organization (E:CO) – An International Transdisciplinary
Journal of Complex Social Systems 14 (3): 89-109.
Zia, A. (2012) Land Use Adaptation to Climate Change: Economic
Damages from Land-Falling Hurricanes in the Atlantic and Gulf States of
the USA, 1900-2005. Sustainability 4: 917-932.
Zia, A., Koliba, C., Tian, Y.(2012). Governance Network
Analysis: Experimental Simulations of Alternate Institutional Designs
for Intergovernmental Project Prioritization Processes. In L. Gerrits
& P.K. Marks (Eds.), COMPACT I: Public Administration in
Complexity. Litchfield Park: Emergent Publications. Pages 144-165.
Zia, A., and Glantz, M. (2012) Risk Zones: Comparative Lesson
Drawing and Policy Learning from Flood Insurance Programs. Journal of
Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 14(2): 143-159.
Zia, A., Paul Hirsch, Alexander N. Songorwa, David R.
Mutekanga, Sheila O’Connor, Thomas McShane, Pete Brosius, Bryan Norton
(2011) Cross-Scale Value Trade-Offs in Managing Social-Ecological
Systems: The Politics of Scale in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania.
Ecology and Society 16(4):7. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-04375-160407
Zia, A., and Koliba, C. (2011) Accountable Climate Governance:
Dilemmas of Performance Management Across Complex Governance Networks.
Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 13(5):
Koliba, C., Mills, and Zia, A. (2011) Accountability in
Governance Networks: An Assessment of Public, Private, and Nonprofit
Emergency Management Practices Following Hurricane Katrina. Public
Administration Review 71(2): 210-220.
Hirsch, P. D., Adams, B., Brosius, J. P., Zia, A., Bariola,
N., and Dammert, J. L. (2011) Acknowledging Conservation Trade-offs and
Embracing Complexity. Conservation Biology 25: 259-264.
Koliba, C., Campbell, E. and Zia, A. (2011) Performance
Measurement Considerations in Congestion Management Networks: Aligning
Data and Network Accountability. Public Performance Management
Review. 34(4): 520-548.
Koliba, C., Zia, A., and Lee, B. H.Y. (2011) Governance
Informatics: Managing the Performance of Inter-Organizational
Governance Networks. The Innovation Journal 16(1), Article 3.
Koliba, C., Meek, J., and Zia, A (2010) Governance Networks in Public Administration and Public Policy. CRC Press, Boca Raton FL
Koliba, C., Meek, J., and Zia, A. (2010) Gordian Knot or
Integrated Theory? Critical Conceptual Considerations for Governance
Network Analysis. In The Future of Governance: Selected Papers from the
Fifth Transatlantic Dialogue on Public Administration. Taco Brandsen
and Marc Holzer (Editors). Published by National Center for Public
Performance (NCPP), Newark NJ. Pages 277-300.
Zia, A., Todd, A. M. (2010) Evaluating the Effects of Ideology
on Public Understanding of Climate Change Science: How to Improve
Communication Across Ideological Divides? Public Understanding of
Science 19(6): 743-761.
Koliba, C., and Zia, A. (2009) Dispelling the Myth of the
Invisible Hand: An Argument for Democratically Legitimate
Inter-Organizational Governance Networks. Administrative Theory &
Praxis 31(2): 417-423
Zia, A., B. G. Norton, D. S. Noonan, M. O. Rodgers, and L.
DeHart-Davis (2006) A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of High Emitter
Non-Compliance and its Impact on Vehicular Tailpipe Emissions in
Atlanta, 1997-2001. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and
Environment 11(1): 77-96
Zia, A. (2006) Cooperative and Non-Cooperative Decision
Behaviors in Response to the Inspection and Maintenance Program in the
Atlanta Airshed, 1997-2001: The APPAM Ph.D. Dissertation Award. Journal
of Policy Analysis and Management 25(3): 773-775
Policy Analysis of Complex SystemsEcological boundary setting in mental and geophysical models
Agent-based modeling of land-use change and watershed systems
The analysis of complex governance system dynamics
Adaptive Decision Making and Adaptive ManagementComplexity and meta-decision models
Cooperative and non-cooperative decision behaviors
Value of forecast information and communication of uncertain forecasts
Public understanding of climate change science
Adaptation policy and risk zoning
International negotiation of climate change mitigation policy
Diffusion of renewable energy and energy efficient systems
International Development and Environmental SustainabilityTrade-offs between conservation and development
International development policy
Environmental education, service-learning and capacity building
Transportation, Air Quality and Land-Use PlanningSmog control and policy compliance
Regulations and environmental justice
Activity-based transportation models