Assistant Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Kathy Quick's research, teaching, and service focus on how managers in public and nonprofit organizations create opportunities for communities to work together productively to address complex public issues. She works in a range of public policy areas, including transportation, environmental management, and urban planning. Through qualitative research, she studies challenges and effective practices for engaging stakeholders with substantially different ways of knowing issues, technical knowledge, perceptions of risk, and preferences for policy and management interventions.
Her transportation-related work includes a case study of the construction of a coalition of bicyclists with diverse and originally conflicting interests, an analysis of public communication gaps regarding the challenges and priorities for sustaining the local road system in Minnesota, and experimentation and comparative analysis of different approaches to public participation in county-level road system decision making in Minnesota. In 2014, she will begin collaborating with American Indian nations in the state to address their concerns about transportation safety and the use of information in transportation planning.
Quick's research, teaching, and service commitments grow out of her professional practice. She previously worked as an environmental advocate and policy analyst in Indonesia and as a community development program manager in two Californian cities. She holds a Ph.D. in planning, policy, and design from the University of California, Irvine, a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Swarthmore College.