PhD Research - Priya Verma

Policies aimed at solving environmental problems are shaped within complex social systems where scientific discoveries do not happen in a laboratory, but within the context of human populations, environmental locations, and adversarial political agendas. In her PhD research, Priya Verma aims to understand how the utilization of scientific knowledge as a premise for environmental policy making is influenced by the institutional and organizational arrangements governing the science-policy interaction. Her research is based on a comparative case-study analysis of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuaries Program. Priya's objective is to improve understanding of the processes that mediate the science-policy interaction and how they influence the success of policy decisions aimed at protecting ecosystem health. Her PhD advisory committee is led by Dr. Oran Young (political science), Dr. William Freudenberg (sociology), and Dr. Patricia Holden (microbiology).

Employment Upon Graduation: Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo - Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences