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During Phase I, the Governance Research Team will:

  • Facilitate constructive interactions between stakeholders and the research team
  • Collect fuzzy cognitive maps, FCMs, from stakeholders and researchers to document their evolving perspectives on freshwater salinization
  • Evaluate convergence of the stakeholders and research teams over time
  • Facilitate collaborative governance through shared learning and deliberation with the goal of seeking consensus around stakeholder management of the Occoquan Reservoir salt budget

Participating Faculty

Payam Aminpour
Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

Thomas Birkland
Co-Principal Investigator, Professor of Public Policy, School of Public and International Affairs, and Associate Dean for Research and Engagement, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NC State University
Emily Berglund
Co-Principal Investigator/Senior Personnel, Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, NC State University
Megan Rippy
Co-Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
Kristin Rowles
Project Facilitator, CEO Policy Works, LLC
Todd Schenk
Co-Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, School of Public and International Affairs, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, CAUS, Virginia Tech

Participating Students

Kingston Armstrong
M.S. Candidate, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University

Ben Roston
PhD Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech
Yinman Zhong
PhD Candidate, School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University