Panel on Environment and Natural Resources

CRB Nexus: Where Policy Meets Research
Fri, 04/26/2024 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Join CRB Nexus: Where Policy Meets Research for a live virtual discussion featuring Sydney Chamberlin, David L. Feldman, Richard Matthew, and Kiki Patsch as they discuss environment and natural resources policy and practice. In support of a vibrant community of practice, this event will NOT be recorded. The CRB (California Research Bureau) Nexus is a community of Golden State researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and organizations committed to public policy solutions informed by data-driven research. They come together to connect, build professional relationships, and share information. Together, they translate evidence into action and foster the next generation of public scholarship aimed at identifying and solving policy issues.

Come meet like-minded Californians as we build a research to policy community of practice!

Environment and natural resources panelists and special guests:

Dr. Sydney Chamberlin of the Nature Conservancy (TNC) is the project director of Climate and Nature-Based Solutions. Dr. Chamberlin leads the strategic development of TNC’s climate mitigation work in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and advance policies and research to scale nature-based climate solutions (NBS) in California by working collaboratively to develop TNC’s climate strategy for the Delta and strategic communication materials for Delta landowners, farmers, policymakers, and funders. Dr. Chamberlin also oversees a 5,000-acre rice/wetland voluntary carbon offset and demonstration project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, co-leads a coalition of 10+ NGOs in aligning on NBS advocacy efforts, engages with governments and other partners on behalf of TNC, and serves as member of California Climate Insurance Working Group.

Dr. David Lewis Feldman is a UC Irvine professor of urban planning & public policy and political science. He also serves as director of Water UCI. As Water UCI director he currently oversees projects on California’s Water Resilience portfolio, contaminants of emerging concern, the Internet-of-things as applied to water, and several education and outreach activities. Feldman previously served as lead author for a U.S. Climate Change Science Program report on climate and water and was co-Principal Investigator on an NSF-Partnerships for International Research and Education project with Australian universities on water reuse and stormwater harvesting. He has also collaborated on research projects in Israel and the European Union. The author/co-author of nearly 100 articles and book chapters, he has written: The Governance of Water Innovations (2022); Water Politics: Governing our most precious resource (2017); The Water Sustainable City (2017); Water (Polity, 2012); The Politics of Environmental Policy in Russia (with Ivan Blokov, 2012); Water Policy for Sustainable Development (2007); and Water Resources Management: In Search of an Environmental Ethic (1995).

Dr. Richard Matthew a UC Irvine professor of urban planning & public policy. Dr. Matthew is also director of both the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation and the Climate and Urban Sustainability Program. He is also a Senior Fellow at IISD; a member of the UN Expert Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding; a member of the IUCN’s Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy. He was recently appointed Research Director of Climate Change and Security for the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. His research covers three areas: developing high resolution flood risk models; examining links among environmental change, violent conflict, public health and migration; and developing solutions to human trafficking. Over the past 25 years, he has done extensive fieldwork in conflict and disaster zones in Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Eswatini, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. He has served on UN humanitarian and peacebuilding missions in DRC, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

Dr. Kiki Patsch of Cal State Channel Islands' Chair of Environmental Science and Resource Management. Dr. Patsch's past and current research focuses on coastal geomorphology and processes, shoreline hazard assessment, sediment budgets analysis, sea cliff and beach erosion, reductions in the natural supply of sediment to the coast, coastal armoring, and coastal access equity along the California coast. Dr. Patsch is a co-author of the book, Living with the Changing California Coast, which covers the processes and hazards associated with California’s geologically dynamic and heavily populated shoreline. Her work values our beaches and coastal environments as an important natural resource that needs to be studied and preserved. California’s beaches alone generate billions of dollars annually to California's economy, not to mention the US economy on a whole. With a dynamic sea level threatening to erode our beaches and sea cliffs, coastal zone planning and regional sand management will need our attention in the coming years.

Dr. Nader Afzalan is a senior advisor at the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and Lifchez Endowed Chair of Social Justice at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design.

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