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Visiting Scholars

The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis combines teaching, research, and related activities where faculty, visiting scholars, and students have opportunities to participate in productive scholarship. Our Visiting Scholars are expected to participate in both our Y673 Seminar and Colloquium Series, but they will also have substantial time to pursue their own program of study and writing. Our primary concern is to ensure that Visiting Scholars are able to bring their research projects closer to publication during their stay in Bloomington.

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Prior Visiting Scholars


Visiting Scholars for 2014–15

MELF-HINRICH EHLERS (August 22 – December 17, 2014) is an applied economist at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland UK. His research draws on institutional economics and entrepreneurship and innovation theory, looking at formation and governance of renewable energy sectors. He is also completing a PhD at the Division of Resource Economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on the German agricultural biogas sector. During his stay at the Workshop, he will work on local environmental governance of agricultural biogas and start developing an analytical framework for institutional analysis of community renewable energy. ehlersm@indiana.edu

DALSON FIGUEIREDO FILHO (August 26 – September 13, 2014) is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), BRAZIL. He was visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009) and at William Mitchell College of Law, Saint Paul, MN (2011). He does research on campaign finance, legislative studies, and quantitative methods. At the Workshop, he will focus on a comparative research design regarding campaign finance regulation across space and time.

CHRISTOS KALANTARIDIS (September 8–18; October 21–30; December 8–12, 2014), School of Management, Bradford University, Bradford, UK

MARINA MIOVSKA (September 21 – October 4, 2014), Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture & Forestry, University of Padua, Legnaro, ITALY

WALTER SALAS-ZAPATA (August 18 – December 15, 2014) is an assistant professor at the School of Microbiology, University of Antioquia (Medellín, COLOMBIA). He obtained a PhD in Sustainability, Technology and Humanism (Technical University of Catalonia, Spain). His three areas of interest are: (1) sustainability science (epistemological and methodological principles for sustainability research), (2) microbiology from a sustainability approach (the understanding of problems related to microbial processes from a sustainability perspective), and (3) governance for social-ecological resilience (institutional arrangements that enable systems to be social-ecological resilient). Regarding the latter, he has worked on the subject of sustainability of malaria control policies. He will be working on a characterization of institutional problems related to mining control and, particularly, the institutional designs that hamper an adaptive governance of mining. walter.salas@udea.edu.co or wsalasza@indiana.edu

MARK STEPHAN (October 18–30, 2014) is an associate professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University. His research is in the areas of climate risk governance, environmental information disclosure policy, and environmental policy in US states. As a visiting scholar, he will work on a paper developing his conceptualization of the role of hierarchy within polycentricity. The paper is related to his theoretical contributions to a three-year study on climate risk governance that intends to understand state-local connections through a polycentric lens. The study uses a mixed-method approach and tries to make sense of subnational multilevel governance. stephanm@indiana.edu

JULIA TALBOT-JONES is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University, Canberra, AUSTRALIA. Her research interests include environmental and ecological economics, institutional effects on human behavior, and experimental approaches. Her current work is looking to understand the effect on peoples’ behavior toward public good provision when nature is granted legal standing. Her work centers on the Whanganui River in New Zealand, which was granted personhood in a ratified settlement in 2014. Julia’s time at the Workshop will be spent developing her analysis of the Whanganui River governance system using the IAD framework. She then hopes to translate these findings into an experimental setting to test the potential impacts of the institutional change on peoples’ choices and preferences.

ARHO TOIKKA (August 30, 2014 – May 31, 2015) is a post-doctoral researcher from the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, FINLAND. His research interests include institutionalization of energy regimes, local-scale energy solutions, governance of risks of novel technologies, and governance networks. His current research focuses on energy regime change in developed societies and the institutional enablers and constrains of such change, including how local projects and initiatives challenge the established framework for energy production in Finland.

HANG (ANNA) ZHANG (August 3, 2014 – July 20, 2015) is a PhD candidate in Public Management at the School of Government, Nanjing University, CHINA. She holds a BA in Public Administration from Yangzhou University, and a MA in Science of Social Security from Nanjing University. Her Master's Dissertation was about the impact of neoliberalism to China’s social security reform. Anna’s intended fields are local governance, cooperative governance, and public policy. Her current research focuses on regional collaborative governance in China’s Yangtze River Delta. And her doctoral thesis deals with the comparative analysis of local governments in China and America in the process of urbanization, using Suzhou City and Indianapolis as the sample cities. She is also interested in research on the governance of cross-regional water pollution in today’s China. annzhang@indiana.edu