Asim Zia, Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont
208E Morrill Hall, Burlington, VT 05405 | 802.656.4695 | Email:

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Dr. Zia is currently serving as Associate Professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer Science, at the University of Vermont. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Asim Zia’s research focuses on the development of computational and complex-systems based approaches for informing the theory and practice of public policy analysis. He applies computational modeling and policy analytical approaches to evaluate complex policy and governance problems that span global climate change, international development, energy, transportation, forest conservation, disaster management and watershed management. Asim Zia has published twenty-four peer-reviewed articles, book chapters or books. Most recently, Rutledge Press published his book “Post-Kyoto Climate Governance: Confronting the Politics of Scale, Ideology and Knowledge.” He has served as a Principal Investigator, or Co-Principal Investigator on sixteen research grants. Grant funds have been secured from National Science Foundation, McArthur Foundation, James Jeffords Center for Policy Research, US-DOT and USDA. He is also a fellow at the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics and a Senior Research Fellow at the Earth System Governance project. He is currently also been nominated as the incoming Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security (IEDS) at the University of Vermont. His research, teaching and community service activities have been focused on five interconnected areas:

Policy Analysis of Complex Systems

arrowEcological boundary setting in mental and geophysical models
arrowAgent-based modeling of land-use change and watershed systems
arrowThe analysis of complex governance system dynamics

Adaptive Decision Making and Adaptive Management

arrowComplexity and meta-decision models
arrowCooperative and non-cooperative decision behaviors
arrowValue of forecast information and communication of uncertain forecasts

Transportation, Air Quality and Land-Use Planning

arrowSmog control and policy compliance
arrowRegulations and environmental justice
arrowActivity-based transportation models

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Policy Evaluation

arrowPublic understanding of climate change science
arrowAdaptation policy and risk zoning
arrowInternational negotiation of climate change mitigation policy
arrowDiffusion of renewable energy and energy efficient systems

International Development and Environmental Sustainability

arrowTrade-offs between conservation and development
arrowInternational development policy
arrowEnvironmental education, service-learning and capacity building