University of Michigan Gateway Ford School

Barry Rabe

  • Director, Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy
  • J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy
  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy
  • Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration

About the Director

Barry Rabe is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy; J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy at the Ford School of Public Policy; Professor of the Environment, College of Literature, Science and the Arts; Professor of Environmental Policy, School of Natural Resources and the Environment; and Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Barry's research examines the intersection of environmental protection and energy development in federal systems, with special interest in the role of American states and Canadian provinces in policy development and implementation. Much of his work in recent years has examined sub-federal climate policy and public opinion on climate issues, including ongoing collaboration in the development of the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment (NSEE). He has also expanded research in the past few years to consider policy issues related to state and local development of shale gas resources and serves on the 2013-14 National Research Council Committee on Risk Management and Governance Issues in Shale Gas Development.


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