Dr. Asim Zia is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Decision Analysis in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer Science, at the University of Vermont (UVM). He is Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security (IEDS) and Co-Director of the Social Ecological Gaming and Simulation (SEGS) lab at the UVM. Dr. Zia is undertaking National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research with a large interdisciplinary team as a science leader to develop computational integrated assessment models that project and quantify high-resolution impacts of global climate change and land-use land cover change on watershed scale hydrological systems and lake systems, and their feedbacks on social systems. Since joining UVM (fall 2008), his scholarship, research and public service activities have focused on advancing the interdisciplinary fields of Public Policy, Computational Sciences and Complex Systems.

In this interdisciplinary context, he has developed and tested theoretically grounded applications in computational policy analysis, governance network analysis, coupled natural and human systems and social ecological systems. These activities have focused on understanding and modeling public policy and governance problems involving environment, water, air, climate, energy, food, and sustainable development issues across many regions of the world, spanning management of Lake Champlain basin in Vermont to conservation of tropical forests in Peru, Vietnam and Tanzania, and resilience in large river basins, such as Indus, Mekong and Amazon.

Recent publications

  • Beckage, Brian, Louis Gross, Katherine Lacasse, Eric Carr, Sara Metcalf, Jonathan Winter, Peter Howe, Nina Fefferman, Travis Franck, Asim Zia, Ann Kinzig, and Forrest Hoffman (2018) Linking models of human behavior and climate alters projected climate change Nature Climate Change 8: 79-84. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-017-0031-7
  • Asim Zia, Chris Koliba (2017) Dynamics of Intergovernmental Networks: Harnessing Agent Based Modeling Simulations for Resilient Infrastructures. Journal of Policy and Complex Systems 3(2): 49-71.
  • Sarah Coleman, Stephanie Hurley, Christopher Koliba, Asim Zia (2017) Crowdsourced delphis: Designing solutions to complex environmental problems with broad stakeholder participation. Global Environmental Change 45: 111-123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.05.005
  • Zia, Asim, Arne Bomblies, Andrew W. Schroth, Christopher Koliba, Peter D.F. Isles, Yushiou Tsai, Ibrahim N. Mohammed, Gabriela Bucini, Patrick Clemins, Scott Turnbull, Morgan Rodgers, Ahmed Hamed, Brian Beckage, Jonathan Winter, Carol Adair, Gillian L. Galford, Donna Rizzo and Judith Van Houten (2016) Coupled impacts of climate and land use change across a river-lake continuum: insights from an integrated assessment model of Lake Champlain’s Missisquoi Basin, 2000-2040. Environmental Research Letters 11, Number 11. Available online at http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/114026
  • Schulz, Anna, Asim Zia, Christopher Koliba (2017) Adapting Bridge Infrastructure to Climate Change: Institutionalizing Resilience in Intergovernmental Transportation Planning Processes in the Northeastern United States. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 22(1): 175-198
  • Tsai, Yushiou, Asim Zia, Christopher Koliba, Justin Guilbert, Gabriela Bucini, Brian Beckage (2015). An Interactive Land Use Transition Agent-Based Model (ILUTABM): Endogenizing Human-Environment Interactions at Watershed Scales. Land Use Policy 49: 161-176.
  • Zia, A., Koliba, C. (2015) The Emergence of Attractors Under Multi-level Institutional Designs: Agent-Based Modeling of Intergovernmental Decision Making for Funding Transportation Projects. AI & Society: Knowledge, Culture and Communication: 30: 315-331. DOI 10.1007/s00146-013-0527-2
  • Zia, Asim, Courtney Hammond Wagner (2015) Mainstreaming Early Warning Systems in Development and Planning Processes: Multi-level implementation of Sendai Framework in Indus and Sahel. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 6(2): 189-199. DOI 10.1007/s13753-015-0048-3
  • Zia, Asim, Paul Hirsch, Hoang Van Thang, Tran Chi Trung, Sheila O’Connor, Thomas McShane, Pete Brosius, Bryan Norton (2015) Eliciting Inter-Temporal Value Trade-Offs: A Deliberative Multi-Criteria Analysis of Vietnam’s Bai Tu Long National Park Management Scenarios. IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment: 2(1): 41-62. http://iafor.org/archives/journals/sustain-journal/v2n1/IJSEEv2n1a3.pdf

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