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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant to Richard Feiock, a professor in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, to study how municipal governments can best coordinate sustainability efforts across multiple agencies.

The grant, totaling $105,072, will fund Feiock’s proposal “Integrated City Sustainability: Administrative Apparatus for Overcoming Collective Dilemmas of Agency Fragmentation” from May 2015 through April 2017. He will direct the research to be carried out in collaboration with Rachel Krause of the University of Kansas and Christopher Hawkins of the University of Central Florida, who earned his Ph.D. at the Askew School.

The diverse responsibilities cities have for water, transportation, public works, development and planning—roles spread among many agencies and departments—can lead to coordination problems. The NSF-funded research will advance theories of decentralized governance and provide practical organizational and structural recommendations to facilitate the success of local sustainability efforts.

Feiock and his fellow researchers will use surveys to collect and analyze data and conduct in-depth case studies in eight cities, including Tallahassee and Orlando, as well as cities outside Florida.

“This project promises to advance understanding of local-level sustainability and directly benefit local governments in Florida and around the country,” Feiock said.

As the director of FSU’s Local Governance Research Lab and the university’s Sustainable Energy and Governance Center, Feiock is well positioned to carry out this project. He is also the co-principal investigator on another sustainability study funded by the NSF through August 2018.

Through several such large-scale research undertakings in recent years, the Askew School has quickly built a strong reputation in urban sustainability.

Feiock is the Augustus Turnbull Professor and the Jerry Collins Eminent Scholar in the Askew School, which is part of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.