Richard Watts, Director


  • 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.
  • S. Kaza, R. Watts. (2012). The Environmental Program 40 Years. The University of Vermont/Environmental Program.
  • R. Watts. (2012). Public Meltdown: The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. Amherst, MA: White River Press.
  • R. Watts. (2012). The 30-Year Campaign to Reduce Smoking Rates In Vermont. White paper. Community Development & Applied Economics.
  • R. Watts, A. Witham. (2012). Social Network Analysis of Sustainable Transportation Organizations. UVM Transportation Research Center.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • J. Maddison, R.Watts. (2012). Newspaper Source Prominence in News Media Coverage of Motor Vehicle Emissions 2000-2008. Newspaper Research Journal.
  • J. Maddison, R. Watts. (2011). The Technological Fix as a Frame in Media Debates about Tailpipe Emissions. Technology in Society.
  • R. Watts, P. Hines, J. Dowds. (2010). The Debate over Re-Licensing the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. The Electricity Journal.
  • R. Watts, (2010). An Examination of Gasoline Taxes in News Media Discourse. New York Transportation Journal.
  • R. Watts. (2010). Increasing Carpooling in Vermont: Opportunities and Obstacles. Transportation Research Center.
  • A. Weeks, R. Watts, L. Aultman-Hall. (2009). The Transportation Impacts of Smart Growth in Two Maine Rural Towns. Transportation Research Center.
  • S. Letendre and R. Watts. (2008). Effects of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles on the Vermont Electric Transmission System. Transportation Research Center.
  • R. Watts, E. Wang, L. Aultman-Hall. (2008). Transportation Efficiency in Vermont. Transportation Research Center.
  • R. Watts. (2007). Voices of Vermonters on Vermont’s Transportation Future.
  • R. Watts. (2006). Engaging Vermonters in Vermont’s Energy Future. Snelling Center for Government.
Richard Watts.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Richard is the Director of the Center for Research on Vermont; a lecturer in the Department of Geography, the co-director of the Reporting & Documentary Program; coordinator of the internship program in the College of Arts & Sciences and a co-founder of Sustainable Transportation Vermont.

Richard’s blog and commentary series on Vermont Public Radio

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Office -- 403 B Billings

Phone (802) 373-1131


  • Ph.D. Natural Resource Planning, University of Vermont, 2006
  • M.A. Newspaper Journalism, Syracuse University, 1989
  • B.A. Political Science, State University of New York at Cortland, 1985


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Billings 403B -- top floor of the Billings Library in the back