Associate Professor


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  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Environmental Policy, Public Policy
  • Department:

    • Political Science
  • Education:

    • PhD in Public Policy Management, University of Washington
  • Curriculum Vitae:


I study energy policy and environmental policy, with a focus on risk and governance. My work mostly looks at local policies, and how variation in policies at the local level can drive policy outcomes related to human and environmental health. Accordingly, I mostly teach classes on local structures and environmental policymaking and analysis. I love working with open public data and exploring new methods for evaluating policies. Come to office hours, and we can talk about research, baking, or bikes.


Scott, Ryan P., Tyler A. Scott, Robert Greer,  2022. “Who Owns the Pipes? Utility Ownership, Infrastructure Conditions, and Methane Emissions in United States Natural Gas Distribution” Review of Policy Research Early view.

Scott, Ryan P. 2021. “Shared Streets, Park Closures and Environmental Justice during a Pandemic Emergency in Denver, Colorado.” Journal of Transport & Health 21 (June): 101075.

Scott, Ryan P., Alison C. Cullen, and Guillaume Chabot-Couture, 2021. "Disease surveillance investments and administration: Limits to information value in Pakistan polio eradication." Risk Analysis 41, no. 2: 273-288. 

Scott, Tyler A., Nicola Ulibarri, and Ryan P. Scott. 2020. “Stakeholder Involvement in Collaborative Regulatory Processes: Using Automated Coding to Track Attendance and Actions: Stakeholder Involvement in Regulation.” Regulation & Governance 18 (July): 543.

Scott, Ryan P. 2019 “More Than Just Complaints: Generating Thick Engagement Through Thin Participatory Programs” Perspectives on Public Management & Governance. 2 (2) 155.

Scott, Ryan P., Tyler A. Scott, Robert Greer, 2019.  “The Environmental and Safety Performance of Gas Utilities in the United States” Energy Policy. 133, 110892.

Scott, Ryan P., and Tyler A. Scott. 2019. “Investing in Collaboration for Safety: Assessing Grants to States for Oil and Gas Distribution Pipeline Safety Program Enhancement.” Energy Policy 124 (January): 332–45.

Scott, Ryan P. 2018. "Should we call the neighbors? Voluntary deliberation and citizen complaints about oil and gas drilling." Energy Policy 115 (April): 258-272.

Biedenweg, Kelly, Ryan P. Scott, and Tyler A. Scott. 2017. “How Does Engaging with Nature Relate to Life Satisfaction? Demonstrating the Link between Environment-Specific Social Experiences and Life Satisfaction.” Journal of Environmental Psychology 50: 112–24.

Scott, Ryan P., Tyler A. Scott, and Richard Zerbe. 2016. “Bureaucratic Benefit-Cost Analysis and Policy Controversy.” Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis 7 (02). Cambridge University Press: 350–71.

Scott, Ryan P., Alison C. Cullen, Cate Fox-Lent, and Igor Linkov. 2016. “Can Carbon Nanomaterials Improve CZTS Photovoltaic Devices? Evaluation of Performance and Impacts Using Integrated Life-Cycle Assessment and Decision Analysis.” Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis 36 (10): 1916–35.

Scott, Ryan P., and Alison C. Cullen. 2016. “Reducing the Life Cycle Environmental Impacts of Kesterite Solar Photovoltaics: Comparing Carbon and Molybdenum Back Contact Options.” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 21 (1). Springer Berlin Heidelberg: 29–43.


  • Pols 103: State and Local Government


    Engage with structures and administration at the state and local level.

  • Pols 460: Public Policy Processes


    Learn about the policy process, from idea to evaluation.

  • Pols 364: Air Climate and Energy Policy Analysis


    Learn how to conduct applied policy analysis on environmental issues.

  • Pols/PPA 660