• Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Public Policy, Public Administration, Urban Affairs, Environmental Policy
  • Department:

    • Political Science
  • Education:

    • PhD- Urban and Public Affairs


Dr. Opp's research interests include sustainability, local economic development, urban policy, and public administration.  She is a "pracademic" that focuses her work on bridging the divide between the University and the public sector.  Over the course her career she has worked with numerous public sector partners including the City of Fort Collins, Larimer County, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Health and Human Services.  She enjoys working to improve the administration, the effectiveness, and the efficiency of public policy.  Her favorite part of her job is working with students to help them achieve their academic and professional goals.




Opp, Susan M. and Mosier, Samantha L. and Osgood, Jeffery L. (2018) Performance Measurement in Local Sustainability Policy. Routledge Series on Public Administration.  ISBN: 9780815373056. 260p.

Opp, Susan M. and Osgood, Jeffery L. (2013). Local Economic Development and the Environment: Finding Common Ground. Taylor and Francis ASPA Series on Public Administration and Policy.  ISBN: 978-14398800081. 320p.

Heberle, Lauren C. and Opp, Susan M. (eds) (2008). Local Pursuit of Sustainability in the Face of Globalization. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing. 293p.

ARTICLES (selected)

Miller, R. S., Opp, S. M., & Webb, C. T. (2018). Determinants of invasive species policy: print media and agriculture determine United States invasive wild pig policy. bioRxiv, 364372.

Opp, Susan M. (2017). The Forgotten Pillar: Defining and Measuring Social Sustainability. Local Environment: International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.

Susan M. Opp and Todd LaPorte. (2016). A Pracademic View of the EPA’s Office of Policy. PS: Political Science and Policy.

Opp, Susan M. and Jeffery L. Osgood and Megan DeMasters. (2017). Exploring the Intersection of Local Economic Development and Sustainability. Journal of Urban Affairs. 

Opp, Susan M. and Jeffery L. Osgood and Cynthia R. Rugeley. (2014). City Limits in a Post Recessionary World: Developmental Policy Choice after the Great Recession. State and Local Government Review. 46 (4).

Opp, Susan M. and Jeffery L. Osgood and Cynthia R. Rugeley. (2014). Explaining the Adoption and Implementation of Local Environmental Policies in the United States. Journal of Urban Affairs 36 (5): 854-875.

Opp, Susan M. and Kyle L. Saunders. 2013. Pillar Talk: Local Sustainability Initiatives and Policies in the United States—Finding Evidence of the “three E’s”: Economic Development, Environmental Protection, and Social Equity. Urban Affairs Review.

Osgood, Jeffery L. and Opp, Susan M. and Bernotsky, Lorraine. (2012). Yesterday’s Gains vs. Today’s Realities: Lessons from Ten Years of Economic Development Practice. Economic Development Quarterly. 26: 334-350.

Opp, Susan M. (2012). Environmental Justice and the Resource Conservation Recovery Act Inspection and Enforcement Process. International Review of Public Administration, 17 (1): 179-191.

Opp, Susan M. (2011). RCRA Enforcement in the States: An Implementation Study. International Journal of Public Administration. 34(12): 753-763.

Opp, Susan M. and Osgood, Jeffery L. (2011). Balancing Local Economic Development with Environmental Protection.  ICMA InFocus.  42(6): 1-38.

Opp, Susan M. (2009). The Experiences of the State in Brownfields Remediation and Redevelopment.  Environmental Practice.  11(4): 270-284.



  • POLS 463- Urban Policy and Management

  • POLS 624- Scope and Methods of Political Science