Community Development and Applied Economics
Richard Watts, PhD Assistant Research Professor
- PhD 2006 University of Vermont
- MA 1989 Syracuse University
- BA 1985 State University of New York at Cortland
Areas of Expertise:
strategic communications & media discourse, public policy,
energy use and transportation behavior, citizen participation
Contact InformationOffice: 208 G Morrill Hall
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Richard A. Watts, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on the relationships between communications and public policy. 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, as a journalist and a consultant to government agencies, advocacy organizations and business groups.
Richard directs the Center for Research on Vermont which supports and celebrates Vermont research through grants, awards, speaker series, research papers and books.
R. Watts, S. Heiss, M. Moser, J. Kolodinsky, R. Johnson. Tobacco Tax Vs. Soda Tax Framing: A Media Analysis Of Tobacco And Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Policy Debates In Vermont. Health Behavior and Policy Review. (in press, 2014)
L. Keir, R. Watts, and S. Inwood. Environmental Justice and Citizen Perceptions of a Proposed Electric Transmission Line. Journal of Community Development. March, 2014. Community Development. Volume 45, Issue 2, 2014.
R. Watts, R. Mills, R. Fish. The Highway Coalition Revisited: Using the Advocacy Coalition Framework to Explore the Content of AASHTO’s Daily Transportation Update. Public Voices (2013). Vol. 13 Issue 1, 79-99.
R. Watts, S. Kaza. Planning for power: frame production in an environmental conflict over the siting of a high-voltage transmission line. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, (2013). Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 247-258.
R. Watts. (2012). Public Meltdown: The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. Amherst, MA: White River Press.
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.
CDAE 006: Energy Alternatives (ENVS 185)
ENVS 185: Energy Action Seminar
ENVS 195: Sustainable Transportation Planning
CDAE 251: Contemporary Policy Issues: Organizing for Social Change
VS 52: Introduction to Vermont – Myth & Reality
- Jane Kolodinsky, Chair
- Lisa Aultman-Hall
- Jay Ashman
- Daniel Baker
- David Conner
- Thomas Desisto
- Chris Evans
- Joshua Farley
- Charles Ferreira
- Diane Gayer
- Sarah Heiss
- Shoshanah Inwood
- Christopher Koliba
- Jonathan Leonard
- Chyi-Lyi (Kathleen) Liang
- Edward McMahon
- Bob Parsons
- Thomas Patterson
- Jane Petrillo
- Fred Schmidt
- Tao Sun
- Qingbin Wang
- Richard Watts
- Asim Zia