Christine Reed’s involvement in environmental and natural resource policy/management includes teaching, research and service to the profession of public administration. She has taught courses in environmental policy and management, as well as in administrative law with a focus on natural resource policy/management. Her research spans both environmental and natural resource policy/management, with an emphasis on environmental collaborative governance and local-federal cooperation. Her service to the profession includes peer reviews for manuscripts in areas related to administrative law and environmental policy/management for Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration and Administrative Theory & Praxis. She served as ASPA chair of the Section on Public Law and Administration and the Section on Environmental and Natural Resources. She has been a member of ASPA since 1975 and is an associate member of the American Bar Association.
Her work in the area of water policy/management began with a cooperative agreement from the EPA through NASPAA that funded PA faculty from multiple states to conduct meetings with water managers in advance of a major groundwater rule and to report back to agency rule-writers. She is now a Faculty Fellow at the NU Daugherty Water for Food Institute, which funded her five-year study of local-state-federal governance of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, leading to several reports and an article published in Water Policy. Her work on this study led to a request to evaluate the implementation of the Nebraska Integrated Water Management Plan process for the state’s Department of Natural Resources. She directed this assessment together with the NU Public Policy Center, leading to a final report and a manuscript in progress for Water Policy. Dr. Reed conducted a lecture on the results of those reports for the annual Nebraska Water Symposium.
Dr. Reed’s work has evolved into research on social-ecological resilience in stressed watersheds as a Co-PI with colleagues at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources and the NU Public Policy Center. The focus of her work with this interdisciplinary group has been on the translation of complex scientific and economic models to decision scenarios for policy-makers. In addition to her five-year grant from the Water for Food Institute, she is a Co-PI on applications for funding sources from external sources, such as the National Science Foundation. Her work with the “resilience working group” continues in her capacity as Interim Director of the University of Nebraska-Omaha Center for Urban Sustainability.
Dr. Reed’s research interests also include environmental ethics and natural resource management/planning. Her study of fifty-years of local and federal cooperation in the public management of wild horses presented at the Western History Association annual conference attracted the attention of the acquisition editor from University of Nebraska Press, which published her book in 2015. She spent three summers living in a small Wyoming town where she conducted interviews with local advocates and with the Bureau of Land Management (Billings, MT) field office staff. The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center elected her to the board of directors in 2017, where she advises the Center on matters of wild horse law and policy.
Dr. Reed has worked throughout her career in government and academia to integrate theory and practice, often reflecting on work with public administration professionals in her teaching, research and service. Her work as a staff associate for the National Community Development Association involved coordinating training in strategic planning for community development professionals, and she carried that knowledge and experience to Nebraska where she conducted community economic development strategic planning sessions throughout the state. During her year at HUD as an Intergovernmental Personnel Act transfer from NCDA she worked in the Division of Policy Studies under Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, David Garrison on several program evaluation projects, including the Urban Development Action Grant program. During her 35 year career at the University of Nebraska at Omaha she has built on that experience to assist different departments of Nebraska state government, including the Departments of Economic Development and Health and Human Services.