S-D2 Public Opinion and Nexus Policy

This symposium will present analyses from a recently completed national public opinion survey dedicated to water-energy-food nexus issues conducted under the auspices of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy at Texas A&M University.

Presentations will report on: the extent to which, and ways in which, the general US public seems to understand connections between water and energy, water and food, and energy and food; factors that explain why some people have greater awareness of these elements of the nexus; implications of nexus awareness for public policy support to address nexus issues; and factors explaining political support for policies that affect different nodes of the Nexus.


  • Kent E. Portney, Professor, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University


• Justin Bullock, Assistant Professor, Department of Service and Administration, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
• Bryce Hannibal, Post-doctoral Fellow, Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy, Texas A&M University
• Manuel Teodoro, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University


• G. Tracy Mehan, Executive Director, Government Affairs, American Water Works Association
• Paul Lussier, Director, Science Communications With Impact Network at Yale; Founder, President and Executive Producer, Me2U Media, Inc.

Kent E. Portney joined the faculty of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University where he is professor in Department of Public Service and Administration. He also serves as a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy. Prior to joining the Bush School he was professor of political science at Tufts University where he was director of the Water and Research Program at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and co-founder of the Tufts Water Diplomacy doctoral program. http://tiny.cc/portney

Manny Teodoro is Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. He studies U.S. environmental policy, examining the ways in which local management and political institutions condition the implementation of federal environmental regulations. He also pursues a line of applied policy research on urban infrastructure and utility finance, working with utility industry leaders on management and policy issues. In 2013 he completed the first comprehensive study of American water utility CEOs and has begun to develop new theory and applications based on data from that study. http://pols.tamu.edu/about-us/faculty-directory/manuel-p-teodoro-associate-professor/

Bryce Hannibal is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. His academic interests include economic sociology, environmental sociology, social policy, social networks and network analysis. He received his PhD and MS degrees in sociology from Texas A&M University and his BS from Brigham Young University-Idaho. His current research projects include dynamic social network analysis, network influences of environmental knowledge, coupled human-natural systems, the energy-food-water nexus, and formation of environmental policy. http://bush.tamu.edu/istpp/staff/bhannibal/

Justin Bullock is an assistant professor in the Public Service and Administration department and a research fellow in the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy. Bullock earned his Ph.D. in public administration and policy with a specialization in public management and public policy from the University of Georgia in 2014. He is co-author of “How (Not) to Solve the Problem: An Evaluation of Scholarly Responses to Common Source Bias” and “Attitudes about Hard Work: A Global Perspective on the Beliefs of Government Employees.” http://bush.tamu.edu/faculty/jbullock/

Tracy Mehan, III is Executive Director, Government Affairs, for the American Water Works Association (AWWA). He was an independent consultant and served as Interim President of the U.S. Water Alliance and Source Water Protection Coordinator for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. He was Principal with The Cadmus Group, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, with offices in Arlington, Virginia from April 2004 to July 2014.On May 13, 2014, Mehan was appointed to a two-year term to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board. Mehan served as Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2001-2003.

Paul Lussier leads a business/education collaborative of experts in media, science, technology and communications which provides the business and public policy sectors with science-based research for development and piloting of new information ecosystems, media planning solutions and brand messaging, with specific emphasis on sustainability and earth science communications. Me2U Media leverages all available platforms, technologies and entertainment genres, in all formats: print, digital, broadcast and live events. Lussier is also the Founder and Director of the Science Communications with Impact Network (SCWIN) for the development, piloting and deployment of coalition-building public communication strategies, public policy, and business sector engagement with planetary science, which counts among its partnerships government ministries and science institutions worldwide. (paul.lussier@yale.edu)


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