Gund Affiliate, Professor, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Policy and Governance, University of Kansas

Christopher Koliba is a Professor in the Community Development and Applied Economics Department at the University of Vermont (UVM), the Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program, the Co-Director of the Social Ecological Gaming and Simulation (SEGS) Lab ( and a fellow at the Gund Institute for Environment.

He possesses a Ph.D. and an MPA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He teaches courses pertaining to public policy and public affairs, public administration, organizational theory and behavior, systems analysis and strategic management, and the intersection of science and society.

His research interests include environmental governance, governance networks, community resilience, network performance and accountability, with applications to water quality, food systems, energy systems, emergency and disaster response, and sustainable transportation systems. He has served as PI, Co-PI or Science Leader on grants from the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Transportation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Vermont Department of Education, and the Spencer Foundation.

Koliba is the science leader for the social systems team of Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) project of Vermont EPSCoR. He is the lead author of Governance Networks in Public Administration and Public Policy published by Taylor & Francis and has published over 70 articles and book chapters in many of the leading public administration and public policy journals and edited volumes.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Koliba, C. 2017-2019.  Science Leader. Risk Perception in Provision of Aquatic Ecosystem Services.  D.G. Webster, Principal Investigator. SESYNC NSF. $140,000.
  • Koliba, C. 2016 – 2021. Science Leader. Basin Resilience to Extreme Event. Judy Van Houten, Principal Investigator.  Experimental Program to Stimulate Research (EPSCoR). National Science Foundation. $20,000,000.
  • Koliba, C. 2015-2019. Co-Principal Investigator. A Human Behavioral Approach to Reducing the Impact of Livestock Pest or Disease Incursions of Socio-Economic Importance. Julie Smith, Principal Investigator. United States Department of Agriculture. $7,500,000.


  • Koliba, C., Meek, J. and Zia, A. 2018. Governance Networks Analysis in Public Administration and Public Policy. (Second Edition). Boca Raton, FL: Routledge Press.
  • Koliba, C., Gerrts, L., Rhodes, M-L., and Meek, J. 2016. Complexity Theory, Networks and Systems Analysis.  Torfing, J. and Ansell, C. (eds.) Governance Handbook.  New York: Springer.
  • Zia, A., Bomblies, A., Schroth, A., Koliba, C., Isles, P., Tsai, Y., Mohammed, I., Bucini, G., Clemins, P., Turnbull, S., Rogers, M., Hamed, A., Beckage, B, Winter, J., Adair, C., Galford, G., Rizzo, D., and Van Houten, J., 2016. Coupled Impacts of Climate and Land Use Change Across a River-Lake Continuum: Insights from an Integrated Assessment Model of Lake Champlain’s Missisiquoi Basin, 2000-2040. Environmental Research Letters.  11(11).
  • Koliba, C. Wiltshire, S., Scheinert, S. Turner, D., Zia, A., and Campbell, E. 2016. The Critical Role of Information Sharing to the Value Proposition of a Food Systems Network. Public Management Review.
  • Koliba, C., Zia, A., Schroth, A., Bomblies, A., Van Houten, J., Rizzo, D. 2016. Lake Champlain Basin as a Complex Adaptive System: Key Findings from the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change Project. Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. 17(4): 533-563.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015 Fulbright Scholar. University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka.  US-SL Fulbright Scholar Program.
  • 2012 Marshall Dimock Award for Best Lead Article in the Public Administration Review. Accountability within Governance Networks: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina.

Associations and Affiliations

Associated Faculty, Vermont Complex Systems Center, 2011- present.

Treasurer, Complexity and Network Studies Section, American Association of Public Administration, 2011- present.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Environmental governance; network governance; social-ecological systems; critical infrastructures: food, energy, water, transportation, health; complex adaptive systems modeling: agent based, system dynamics; behavioral experiments and gaming; decision support tools, mediated modeling workshops


  • PhD, Syracuse University
  • MPA, Syracuse University


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