Designing Collaborative Governance Regimes Webinar Sponsored by ACR's Environment and Public Policy Section

Designing Collaborative Governance Regimes

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Collaboration is a fact of life, particularly in the context of public matters and issues. While a lot is known about the process of collaboration and the need for conflict management skills, little attention has been given to the design and management of cross-boundary collaborative systems. In this interactive webinar, Kirk Emerson and Tina Nabatchi will draw on their recent book, Collaborative Governance Regimes, which won ACR’s 2017 Sharon Pickett award, to address several questions: 

  • What kinds of collaborative governance regimes (CGRs) exist, and what are the benefits and challenges of each?
  • How can practitioners best design CGRs to meet their needs?
  • What potential pitfalls should they contemplate and plan to address during the management of CGRs?


Through discussion, participants will share knowledge and learn about the issues associated with designing and managing CGRs in different contexts.  Participants are encouraged to reflect on challenges arising in their own experiences of collaborative governance cases for discussion on the webinar.

Panelist biographies:

Kirk Emerson is Professor of Practice in Collaborative Governance at the University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy with joint appointments in the Schools of Planning and Public Health. She is also a Faculty Associate at the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and at Syracuse University’s Program for Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration in the Maxwell School. Kirk has had a longstanding career in environmental conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving as a practitioner, trainer, researcher, and administrator. She was the founding director of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution of the Udall Foundation where she worked for ten years overseeing the federal government’s first independent environmental mediation program. Through her professional consulting work, she has provided conflict assessment, collaborative process design and facilitation, evaluation, and training services to clients in the public and private sector. Previously, she coordinated the environmental conflict resolution program at the Udall Center, where she directed applied research projects on water resources, endangered species, and western range issues.

Tina Nabatchi is an associate professor of public administration and international affairs and a faculty research associate at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). Her research focuses on citizen participation, collaborative governance, conflict resolution, and challenges in public administration. Tina's research has been published in numerous journals. She has several award-winning articles, including: “Addressing the Citizenship and Democratic Deficits: Exploring the Potential of Deliberative Democracy for Public Administration,” which won the 2010 Best Article Award from American Review of Public Administration; “Evaluating the Productivity of Collaborative Governance Regimes: A Performance Matrix”, which won the 2015 best article award from Public Performance and Management Review; and “The New Governance: Practices and Processes for Stakeholder and Citizen Participation in the Work of Government,” which was recognized as one of the 75 most influential articles in the history of Public Administration Review

2/20/2018 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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