Kirk Emerson

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Professor of Practice in Collaborative Governance, School of Government and Public Policy

PhD, Political Scienc and Public Policy, Indiana University, 1997

Faculty Associate, Environmental Programs, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
Senior Policy Associate, School of Government and Public Policy

Kirk Emerson has had a longstanding career in the field of environmental collaboration and conflict resolution as a practitioner, trainer, researcher, and administrator. Her current research focuses on collaborative governance related to climate change, border security, and public lands management. Emerson is the former director of the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution of the Morris K. Udall Foundation (1998–2008). Previously, she coordinated the environmental conflict resolution program at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy,where she directed applied research on conflicts involving water resources, endangered species,and western range issues. Before pursuing her doctoral studies, Emerson worked in urban planning for eight years at the Bucks County Planning Commission in Pennsylvania, first as an environmental planner and then as the director of countywide planning. She served as a community mediator in the Philadelphia area, where she gained her initial experience and training in mediating land use and environmental disputes.