Asim Zia

Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security and Associate Professor of Community Development and Applied Economics at UVM
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Dr. Zia started his tenure as director of IEDS in July 2013 and is also a tenured as Associate Professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont.


Ph.D. Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA (2004)

Advanced Graduate Coursework, Ecological Economics, Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg, F. R. Germany (1997 -1999)

M.A. Philosophy, University of the Punjab at Lahore, Pakistan (1996)

B.A. Philosophy, University of the Punjab at Lahore, Pakistan (1991)

Undergraduate Coursework, Mechanical Engineering, University of
Engineering and Technology at Lahore, Pakistan (1988-90)

Areas of Interest: 

Asim Zia's research is focused on the development of computational and complex-systems based approaches for Policy Analysis, Governance Informatics and Adaptive Management. Asim focuses on policy analysis of complex systems, adaptive decision-making and management, transportation, air quality, land-use planning, climate change mitigation, international development, and environmental sustainability. His past courses have included Intro to Public Policy, Decision Making Models, Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation, and Contemporary Policy Issues: Community Development. His published research spans the substantive policy domains of transportation, air quality and land-use planning; climate policy; and international development and biodiversity conservation. Currently, he is working with a large inter-disciplinary team on a MacArthur Foundation funded project to understand the complexity of trade-offs between conservation and development policies in Tanzania, Peru and Vietnam. He is also developing agent-based models and complex system dynamic models to understand the dynamics of formation and continuation of regional governance networks, such as metropolitan planning organizations, regional planning commissions and watershed partnerships. Asim's professional career began as a civil servant in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs of the Federal Government of Pakistan. Prior to joining the University of Vermont, he worked as a post-doctoral scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and as an Assistant Professor at the San Jose State University.