Recreational Water Rights and Policy Change in Colorado

Research on the process of policy change often involves a direct or indirect analysis of the roles of policy entrepreneurs and the mass media. In Colorado, beginning in 1998, twelve communities decided to obtain water rights for recreational in-channel purposes such as kayaking and whitewater rafting. These water rights stirred... Read more »

Conservation and Conflict in Policymaking

Based on previous research, it is evident that stakeholders involved in Colorado water policy may define the word ‘conservation’ differently. The two potential definitions of this word carry vastly different connotations for policy outcomes: one promotes using less water while the other promotes diverting more water. It is, therefore, important... Read more »

Local News and Environmental Reporting in Colorado

The new reality of local environmental reporting involves reduced resources, staffing, and training for journalists who are expected to cover environmental issues. At the same time, large segments of the American population are uninformed about policy issues that affect their lives and their communities. This dichotomy sets up a conflict... Read more »

Risk Perceptions and Support for Management Regimes in Wildland-Urban Interface Zones: A Comparative Analysis of Wildfire Policy and Citizen Response in the Intermountain West

Wildfire has long existed as a natural component of an ecosystem. However, due to many years of fire suppression policy alongside increasingly dry conditions, the western United States is experiencing some of the biggest and most severe wildfires in history. In recent years, fires affecting populations along the wildland-urban interface... Read more »

Policy Learning and Political Context: Analyzing Responses to Colorado’s Extreme Flood Events of 2013

With Elizabeth Albright, a colleague at Duke University, Deserai Crow is working to understand the policy responses in the aftermath of the September 2013 floods along Colorado’s Front Range. Understanding the factors that encourage policy learning and adaptation in local policy contexts may prove critical, since this can mean the... Read more »

Narratives, Media, and Issue Framing in Environmental Policymaking

Addressing public policy problems in an increasingly complex world relies heavily on communication, interpretation, and use of information. Media are one primary source through which information is disseminated, consumed, and framed. Media are frequently referenced in the policy literature as important mechanisms for policy change, a tool through which stakeholders... Read more »

Evaluating Informational Inputs in Rulemaking Processes: A Multi-State Regulatory Analysis

This study analyzes the informational inputs and strategic actions of coalitions of actors within the regulatory context and the resulting regulatory outcomes. Scholars understand the resources of coalitions of actors to be important to influencing policy outcomes (Sabatier, 1999; Weible, 2008). The study proposed here investigates one such category of... Read more »

Culture, Politics and Climate Change: How Information Shapes our Common Future—Edited by Deserai Crow and Max Boykoff

This book draws from multiple disciplinary perspectives to present an overview of the knowledge related to our current understanding of climate change politics and culture. The book illustrates the translation of values into political outcomes through the use, production and consumption of information. Focusing on cultural values and norms as... Read more »
Mollie Putzig

CMCI Grad Student Writes About CO Water Issues in BoulderWeekly

July 7, 2016

Mollie Putzig, a master's student in the Department of Journalism, recently published an article in BoulderWeekly that explores the loss of water from the Colorado River and recent efforts to restore some of the river's flow.Read more »

CEJ Scripps Fellowship Helped Author Develop Award-Winning Book

June 1, 2016

Jonny Waldman won the 2016 Colorado Book Award in the general nonfiction category for his book Rust: The Longest War. In 2010, the Ted Scripps Fellowship at CU-Boulder’s Center for Environmental Journalism (CEJ) gave Waldman an opportunity to develop his idea further.Read more »