Senior Lecturer

Richard is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research and teaching examines communications, planning and public policy in areas related to energy, transportation and public health.

Richard is the Director of the Center for Research on Vermont, which tells stories and highlights research from the Vemont Laboratory; the co-director of the Reporting & Documentary Program; the coordinator of the internship program in the College of Arts & Sciences and a co-founder of Sustainable Transportation Vermont.


VS-123/POLS-123 Vermont Media & Politics
AS-190 Internships
GEO-52/VS-52 Introduction to Vermont
VS-191 – Storytelling

See Also

Richard's blog and commentary series on Vermont Public Radio


  • R. Watts. (2018). The 30-Year Campaign to Reduce Smoking Rates In Vermont. History Section, Burlington Free Press.
  • Stephens, JC, M. Burke, B. Gibian, E. Jordi, and R. Watts. Operationalizing Energy Democracy: Challenges and Opportunities in Vermont's Renewable Energy Transformation. Frontiers in Communication. October, 2018.
  • Discourses of Departure?: Examining the “Rural as Deficit” and “No Jobs” Narratives in Vermont. Wendy I. Geller, Seth Marineau, and Richard Watts. The Northeastern Geographer. Special Issue: Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Youth and Out-migration from Vermont (Volume 7, 2015).
  • 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, J. Maddison. Source Diversity is Greater in Print than Radio and TV News Stories in the Coverage of a Controversial Environmental Debate. Newspaper Research Journal (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, K. Frick, J. Maddison. (2012). Policy Making, Incrementalism and News Discourse: Gasoline Tax Debates in Eight U.S. States. Public Works Management & Policy.
Lecturer Richard Watts

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Communications and public policy; energy, transportation and public health; journalism and media.


  • Ph.D. Natural Resource Planning, University of Vermont, 2006


  • 802-656-9775
Office Location:

403B Billings

Office Hours:

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