Andrea K. Gerlak
Associate Professor, School of Geography and Development
Associate Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
(520) 621-1842
PhD, Political Science University of Arizona, 1997

Andrea Gerlak's research interests are in the fields of public policy, institutional theory, natural resource management, and water governance. Her research addresses conditions supporting collective action, the interface between science and policy, and institutional change and adaptability in large-scale ecosystem settings in the United States. In international transboundary settings, she studies the role of intergovernmental organizations in cooperative institutional arrangements, scientific knowledge and information sharing in global water governance, and issues of equity and justice.

Selected Citations: 

Heikkila, Tanya and Andrea K. Gerlak. 2016. Investigating Collaborative Processes Over Time: A 10-Year Study of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. The American Review of Public Administration 46(2): 180-200.

Gerlak, Andrea K. and Farhad Mukhtarov. 2015. ‘Ways of Knowing’ Water: Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Security as Complementary Discourses. International Environmental Agreements: Politics Law and Economics 15(3): 257-272.

Schmeier, Susanne, Andrea K. Gerlak, and Sabine Blumstein. 2015. Clearing the muddy waters of shared watercourses governance: conceptualizing international River Basin Organizations. International Environmental Agreements DOI 10.1007/s10784-015-9287-4.

Cheng, A. S., A. K. Gerlak, L. Dale, and K. Mattor. 2015. Examining the adaptability of collaborative governance associated with publicly managed ecosystems over time: insights from the Front Range Roundtable, Colorado, USA. Ecology and Society 20(1): 35.

Gerlak, Andrea K. and Marcelo Saguier. 2015. Interdisciplinary knowledge frameworks for transboundary river basins. International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2014.1003347.

Gerlak, Andrea K. 2015. Resistance and Reform: Transboundary Water Governance in the Colorado River Delta. Review of Policy Research 32(1): 100-123. 

Emerson, Kirk and Andrea K. Gerlak. 2014. Adaptation in Collaborative Governance Regimes. Environmental Management 54: 768-781.

Gerlak, Andrea K. and Susanne Schmeier. 2014. Climate Change and Transboundary Waters: A Study of Discourse in the Mekong River Basin. The Journal of Environment and Development 23: 358-386.

Research Themes: 
Human dimensions
Stakeholder engagement
Water resources
Institutional analysis
Natural resource management
Water resource management
Science Engagement
Connecting science and decision making
Urban Environment
Green infrastructure
Water resource management
Water conflicts
Water law and policy
Water resource management

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