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.
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Findings offer lessons for using computational tools in the NPF as an approach to expand analytic ability and for the operationalization of concepts such as narrative strategies and policy entrepreneurs.
Reviews and synthesizes the results of two local-level studies linking various types of carbon emissions data with nationwide measures of affluence. Focuses on the socio-economic dimensions of climate policy, differentiating between different sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and between different methods of collecting greenhouse gas emissions data. Demonstrates that high levels of affluence spatially displace carbon-intensive production-based emissions.
Deescribes our efforts to create and cultivate a community-based multi-stakeholder group centered around local climate change planning and advocacy in a small, rural New York municipality. Emphasizes the importance of collaborative work to build new capacities, develop knowledge, and creates community commitment over the long term to advocate for municipal policies that prioritize climate change mitigation and resilience.
Examines local-level adoption of carbon emissions policies in California. Finds results are influenced by political and economic climate, with production and consumption-based emissions being distinct from one another.
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.
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.
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.
Examines the intersections of race, gender, and class in urban climate action planning and policy in the United States.
Focuses on social equity aspects of local climate action planning, with a focus on transformative adaptation as a resilience strategy in U.S. cities.
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.