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Community Development and Applied Economics

Asim Zia

asim zia

Asim Zia, PhD Associate Professor

  • PhD 2004 Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MA 1996 University of the Punjab (Lahore, Pakistan)
  • BA 1991 University of the Punjab (Lahore, Pakistan)
Areas of Expertise:

policy analysis and evaluation, collaborative governance,
decision theory

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Website: www.uvm.edu/~azia
Contact Information
Office: 208E Morrill Hall
Phone: 802.656.4695
Email: Asim.Zia@uvm.edu

















Dr. Zia joined the department in 2008 with an emphasis on Public Policy and Administration. Zia received his BA and MA in Philosophy from the University of the Punjab in his home country of Pakistan. He started his professional career as a civil servant in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs of the Federal Government of Pakistan, where he was responsible for managing German-, US-, and Australian-funded developmental cooperation projects in Pakistan. He spent two years working on Ecological Economics at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany and subsequently completed his PhD in Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004. He has also worked as a post-doctoral scientist at the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at San José State University in California.

Zia investigates the role of adaptive decision making in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies at multiple governance levels. In particular, his research is focused on Policy Analysis of Complex Systems, Collaborative Governance Mechanisms and Meta-Decision Analysis in three substantive areas: First, in the area of Environmental Policy Analysis and Evaluation, he has been studying descriptive, dynamic and normative aspects of space-time scale choices for designing and implementing environmental policies. This research was recently sponsored by National Science Foundation's Human Social Dynamics program. The findings from this research project are being synthesized in a multi-authored book, tentatively entitled "Scale Matters: Where We Are, Who We Are and Why We Care." Currently, He is working on a MacCarthur Foundation funded project entitled "Advancing Conservation in a Social Context" with a large interdisciplinary team to investigate the trade-offs between conservation and development in three biodiversity hotspot countries: Tanzania, Peru and Vietnam. Second, he has been working in the area of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Policy Development. His research focuses on international climate change policy design issues such as allocation of Green House Gas emission reduction targets and synergies and trade-offs among mitigation and adaptation policies. Third, in the area of Transportation, Air Quality and Land-Use Planning, his research focuses on the evaluation of policies that are implemented at state and national levels to reduce green house gas emissions and other smog-forming criteria pollutants from transportation activities. In particular, he is working on activity-based models to generate agent based simulations for evaluating alternate policy interventions in transportation and land-use systems.

Courses Taught

PA 308: Decision Making Models
PA 311: Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
CDAE 251 SL: Contemporary Policy Issues: Community Development

Publications: Books/Journal Articles/Conference Papers/Invited Papers

2012
  1. Zia, Asim. (Forthcoming in 2013) Post-Kyoto Climate Governance: Confronting the Politics of Scale, Ideology, and Knowledge. London: Routledge, 2013. Print. Routledge Ser. in Ecological Economics.
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2010
  1. Koliba, C., Meek, J., and Zia, A. (In Press) Governance Networks: Public Administration and Policy in the Midst of Complexity. Taylor and Francis.
  2. Koliba, C., Meek, J., and Zia, A. (In Press) Gordian Knot or Meta-Theory? Conceptual Dilemmas in Governance Network Analysis. In The Future of Governance. Taco Brandsen and Marc Holzer (Editors). American Society for Public Administration.
  3. Koliba, C., Mills, R., and Zia, A. (In Press) Accountability in Governance Networks: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina. Public Administration Review
  4. Zia, A., Todd, A. M. (In Press) Evaluating the Effects of Ideology on Public Understanding of Climate Change Science: How to Improve Communication Across Idealogical Divides? Public Understanding of Science
  5. Zia, A., and Glantz, M. (Forthcoming in 2010) Designating "Risk Zones": Comparing Risk Governance in USA and South Asia. Workshop on "Disaster Resilience: Comparative Perspectives," organized by International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum (ICPA-Forum), University of Pittsburgh, PA, April 2010
  6. Zia, A., Metcalf, S., and Koliba, C. (Forthcoming in 2010) Management of Complex Governance Networks: Opportunities and Challenges for Agent Based Models of Policy Analysis. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Public Administration, San Jose CA, April 2010
2009
  1. 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.
  2. Zia, A. (2009) Comparative Analysis of Post-Kyoto Climate Change Policy Design: Ethical and Statistical Dilemmas in the "Fair" Allocation of Green House Gas Emission Allowances Across the Nation States. 31st Annual APPAM Research Conference. Washington DC. 5-7 November 2009.
  3. Zia, A. (2009) Can South Asia "Leapfrog" into the Future? Policy Options to Sustain Low Carbon Intensity Amidst Rising Per Capita Income. Energy Network, 2: 6-9.
  4. Zia, A. and Koliba, C. (2009) Climate Change Governance and Accountability: Dilemmas of Performance Measurement in Complex Governance Networks. Presented in 5th Trans-Atlantic Dialogue. George Washington University. Washington DC.
  5. Koliba, C., Meek, J. and Zia, A. (2009) Gordina Knot or Meta-Theory? Conceptual Dilemmas in Governance Network Analysis. Presented in 5th Trans-Atlantic Dialogue. George Washington University. Washington DC.
  6. Zia, A. (2009) Post-Kyoto Climate Change Governance Regime: Analyzing Ethical and Statistical Dilemmas in the "Fair" Allocation of Green House Gas Emission Allowances. Presented at the annual meeting of US Society for Ecological Economics. Washington DC.
  7. Zia, A. (2009) Implementation Dilemmas of International Climate Policy: Revisiting the Problem of "Fair" Allocation of Green House Gas Emission Allowances in a Post-Kyoto Governance Regime. Presented at the annual meeting of ASPA. Miami FL.
2008
  1. Zia, A. (2008) An Ambit-Based Activity Model for Evaluating Green House Gas Emission Reduction Policies. Mineta Transportation Institute and California Department of Transportation. Available online at www.dot.ca.gov/newtech/researchreports/reports/2008/an_ambit-based_activity_model.pdf
  2. Zia, A. (2008) Barriers and Bridges to Photovoltaic (PV) Electricity Generation: A Survey of Homeowners in California's Bay Area. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston MA, April 2008
2007
  1. Todd, A.M., Zia, A. (2007) Integrative Learning in General Education: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Teaching and Learning of Global Climate Change. Association of American Colleges and Universities' Conference on Civic Learning at the Intersections: U.S. Diversity, Global Education, and Democracy's Unfinished Work, Denver CO, October 2007
  2. Zia, A., and Arenstein, W. (2007) An Evaluation Framework for Indirect Source Review (ISR) Programs: Current Controversies and Future Prospects. 100th Annual Conference and Exhibition of Air and Waste Management Association, Pittsburgh PA, June 2007
  3. Zia, A. (2007) Land Use Adaptation to Climate Change: Forecasting the Economic Impact of Hurricanes in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Regions of the U.S. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco CA, April 2007
2006
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Zia, A. (2006) Policy Response to Natural Disasters: A Comparative Study of North American and South Asian "Zoning" Experiences. 28th Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Madison WI, November 2006
2005
  1. Zia, A., M. Glantz (2005) The Components of a Climate and Society Affairs Program: A South Asian Context. International Workshop on Impacts of Weather and Climate on Society Affairs, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, November 2005
  2. Zia, A. (2005) Adaptive Policy Mechanisms: Managing Climate Change Risk from Natural Hazards in South Asia. International Workshop on Impacts of Weather and Climate on Society Affairs, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, November 2005
  3. Zia, A. (2005) Wicked Environmental Design Problems and Meta-Decision Models: The Cases of Vehicular Emissions, Energy Source Mixes and Green-House Gas Emissions. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Conference, Kansas City MO, October 2005
  4. Lazo, J., A. Zia, R. Morss (2005) Expert Mental Modeling of the Weather Forecast System. 21st Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting/ 17th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction, Washington DC, August 2005
  5. Zia, A., R. Morss, and J. Lazo (2005) Socioeconomic Value of (Quantitative) Precipitation Forecasts: A Synthesis. 21st Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting/ 17th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction, Washington DC, August 2005
  6. Zia, A. (2005) An Emission-Inventory Based Methodology to Evaluate Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Programs: A Case-Study of the Atlanta Airshed 1997-2001. The Air & Waste Management Association's 98th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Minneapolis MN, June 2005
  7. Zia, A., R. Morss, and J. Lazo (2005) Value of Quantitative Precipitation Forecast Information: A Methodological Review. The 25th International Symposium of Forecasting, San Antonio TX, June 2005
2004
  • (1) Zia, A., R. Morss, and J. Lazo (2004) Societal Value of Improved Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts: A Synthesis. First THORPEX/WMO International Science Symposium, Montréal, Canada, December 2004
2003
  1. Zia, A. and B. G. Norton (2003) Using Multiple Decision Rules to Evaluate Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program in the Atlanta Airshed: Towards Meta-decision Models in Environmental Management. Third Joint Congress of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), Leuven, Belgium, July 2003
2001
  1. Zia, A. and C. J. Waddick (2001) Impact of "Standard" Environmental Management Systems on Technology Forecasting. The 21st International Symposium on Forecasting, Pine Mountain, GA, June 2001
1999
  1. Zia, A. (1999) Can Beggars Be Choosers: a Critique of Pak-German Developmental Cooperation. Heinrich Boell Foundation. Lahore, Pakistan/ Berlin, Germany
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