Projects and Grants

Derrick Anderson has received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation for research on the “behavioral and institutional determinants of public value knowledge outcomes in conservation science.” Anderson, a CORD affiliate and assistant professor in ASU’s School of Public Affairs, is the Co-PI. He will be working with Leah Gerber, a professor in the School of Life Sciences and the Founding Director of ASU’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes. Their work is designed to develop an evidence-based approach for maximizing the public value outcomes of research in conservation biology.

Stuart Bretschneider co-directed a six-week executive education program for Young African Leaders at Syracuse University last summer and will be co-directing again this summer.  The program is one of 40 such programs funded by the US Department of State that focus on bring these young leaders to the U.S. and train them in leadership.  The program in Syracuse focuses on leadership in public organizations.

Sanya Carley, along with collaborators, secured over $1.1 million of grant funds from NSF, the Sloan Foundation, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and Indiana University’s Office of the Vice Provost of Research in 2016. The funded projects focus on electric vehicle diffusion, public acceptance of energy infrastructure, federal fuel economy standards, sustainably-produced beer, and vulnerable populations to energy and climate policy transitions. The first product from these collaborations, a report written for policymakers and policy analysts on fuel economy standards which will be released in spring 2017.

CORD Pro Bono Project: Advising the City of Phoenix on Green Procurement
CORD researchers, Nicole Darnall, Justin Stritch, Lily Hsueh, Stuart Bretschneider, continue their research on their $200,000 grant from the V. Kann Rassmussen Foundation to assess the barriers and facilitators of sustainable public procurement in local governments nationwide. The team is undertaking a national-level survey of all U.S. cities with 50,000 residents or more. Their objective is to offer immediate steps that governments can undertake to embed SPP more deeply within their procurement decisions. Data collection is underway with preliminary findings due in summer 2017.

ASU CORD faculty, Nicole Darnall, Stuart Bretschneider, Lily Hsueh, and Justin Stritch, along with postdoctoral researcher, Melissa Duscha, and graduate student, Jeffrey Iles, partnered with the City of Phoenix to advise the city on how it could further integrate its Environmental Procurement Policy (EPP) into existing purchasing processes.

The CORD team interviewed the City’s procurement specialists in a series of focus groups to identify the facilitators and barriers of implementing the City of Phoenix’s 2012 Environmental Procurement Policy (EPP). CORD offered the City the following recommendations to improve the City’s EPP implementation:

  • Form a city-wide “EPP team” consisting of procurement officers across departments and Office of Environmental Programs (OEP) personnel
  • Include the OEP Director on the City’s strategic procurement team
  • Network with professionals in other cities that have EPPs to share best practices
  • Provide training on green procurement to create shared vision
  • Link the City’s e-procurement system with “green” purchasing options
  • Use life cycle assessment to assess long-run costs
  • Create a mayoral directive on environmental preferred purchasing
  • Create City-level incentives at both the department and individual level to encourage green purchasing.

Breaking Barriers to Green Procurement Overseas
Nicole Darnall has been awarded the Social Science Research Council's 2017-2019 Abe Fellowship for her research on sustainable public procurement.

The fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on policy-related topics of pressing global concern and to support researchers who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. It strives to promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between the Japanese and U.S. academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem-solving.

As part of her fellowship, Darnall will extend her sustainable procurement research (with CORD scholars: Stuart Bretschneider, Lily Hsueh and Justin Stritch) to assess the barriers and facilitators of Japanese local governments' green procurement decisions. Waseda University is hosting her research, where she will be working alongside Professor Toshi Arimura, CORD Affiliate.

Impacts of digital education tools
Carolyn Heinrich received a three-year grant from the the W.T. Grant Foundation to study of the implementation and impacts of digital educational tools in K-12 public schools, with the aim to understand how educational technologies can be better integrated and deployed to increase student achievement and reduce achievement gaps. She is also working on a related study in Kenya to evaluate the impact of electronic readers (eReaders) on literacy levels in Kenyan classrooms.

Kaye Husbands Fealing and Connie McNeeley have released a report, Symposium on the Science of Broadening Participation, an assembled and systematic body of knowledge ready for use for broadening participation in STEM education and the STEM workforce.

Sustainability in multi-tier multinational value chains
The International Forum on Sustainable Value Chains (ISVC), presided by CORD Fellow Joerg Hofstetter, is a cross-functional, global, academia-led non-profit platform to develop and apply solid capabilities helping companies in implementing and ensuring long-term environmental, social and economic performance in their value chains. ISVC is a platform for private and public organizations (independent whether they are retailers, brand owners, original equipment manufacturers, producers, traders, miners, farmers etc.), academics, non-government organizations, policy makers, governmental investors, media experts, and artists.

ISVC initiates and facilitates academic research and scientific consulting, supports transfers of new solutions to business practice in pilot projects, supports the development of tried-and-tested hands-on tools, and communicates professionally its results to specialist communities, to politicians and regulators, to the academic field, and, most of all, to the public. ISVC invites private and public organizations as well as academic researchers and other experts to actively engage in addressing sustainability in multi-tier multinational value chains. Four core topics have been identified in multi-stakeholder conversations which are now actively addressed by working groups:

Theme 1: Following-Up on Massive Supply Chain Auditing

Theme 2: Integrating Sustainability into Regular Procurement

Theme 3: Identifying Relevant Sub-Suppliers

Theme 4: Influencing Sub-Suppliers towards Impact

Theme 5: Mapping Product Group Value Chains

Please see ISVC’s website ( for further information. Kindly contact Joerg Hofstetter ( or Nicole Darnall ( if you want to get involved in ISVC.

Modeling environmental sustainability governance Judith Walls was awarded a Tier 1 Academic Research Fund (AcRF) by the Ministry of Education (here in Singapore), titled: Trophy hunting: Understanding how asymmetric stakeholder power polarizes the debates about the industry, to develop a new holistic model of multi-level governance for environmental sustainability that includes a business perspective.  The grant is for three years (2017-2020) for a total of Singapore Dollars 99,719 (about USD 70,400). Dr. Nardia Haigh, University of Massachusetts, is co-PI.

New collaboration to build capacity in behavioral public administration
Richard Walker and ASU researchers Barry Bozeman, Ulrich Jensen and Justin Stritch are part of a collaboration among research centers and departments in Asia, Europe and North America to launch the Behavioural Public Administration Network (BPAN). BPAN aims to build capacity in behavioral experimental public administration by providing resources for researchers to share and get feedback on research designs, to pre-registration studies and facilitate cross-national studies and replication.