Pattison's research and teaching interests include environmental and public policy, subnational sustainability and climate action planning, climate and energy politics, policy process theories, the role of science and technical information in policymaking, and issues of urban social equity. He endeavors to integrate community-based research into his classes whenever possible. Previously, he has worked as a climate planning consultant with communities and organizations, and as a sustainability director for the state of Colorado. Pattison has also served in City Council and Governor appointed positions in local government, and multiple NGO governing boards related to sustainability and environmental policy, affordable housing and civic engagement.
Discusses how the Trump administration's choice to leave the Paris Agreement creates the possibility for promising sustainability and climate action planning efforts at the state and local level, and how these efforts could also tie into affordable housing.
Aims to contribute to the theoretical and methodological understanding of individual learning in the policy process by explicitly examining belief change and belief reinforcement as products of policy learning, measuring both, as well as measuring the absence of either. Indicates that extreme beliefs are associated with belief reinforcement, relative to policy actors with more moderate beliefs, and that collaboration with individuals with differing policy views is associated with belief change.
Explores the interactions of affluence and other socioeconomic factors, carbon emissions and public policy in the United States using spatial regression models. Draws on theories from environmental sociology and public affairs frameworks. Reviews the results and discusses implications for policy, specifically in terms of cross-boundary environmental problems.
Focuses on social equity aspects of local climate action planning, with a focus on transformative adaptation as a resilience strategy in U.S. cities.
Examines the intersections of race, gender, and class in urban climate action planning and policy in the United States.
Conducts an exploratory study at the subnational level to expose another dimension of the affluence-emissions debate. Hypothesizes that affluence is positively related to carbon emissions from consumption activities but negatively related to emissions from production activities. Suggests that the wealthiest counties are able to displace certain types of emissions, specifically those related to energy and industrial production.