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UVM Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE)
(802) 656-2001
146 University Place Morrill Hall
Burlington, VT 05405

CDAE supports sustainable local and international community development through interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach that serves the public interest. CDAE offers three innovative majors: Community Entrepreneurship, Community and International Development, and Public Communication. Students in CDAE focus on the application of economic principles and their relationship to leadership and management, economic and enterprise development, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility. CDAE offers many courses with experiential learning, including service-learning courses in which students partner with community organizations to work on real-world issues.


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Chris Koliba
Director of MPA Program (802) 656-3772
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Chris Koliba is a Full Professor in the Community Development and Applied Economics Department at the University of Vermont (UVM) and the Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program. He possesses a Ph.D. and an MPA from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His research interests include governance networks and complex adaptive systems, infrastructure policy & governance, organizational learning and development, action research methods, and educational policy. His current research program focuses on the development of complex adaptive systems models of food systems, regional planning, watershed governance, and transportation planning, and smart grid energy networks. Chris is the lead author of Governance Network in Public Administration and Public Policy published by CRC Press. He has published articles over 35 articles in such prominent peer reviewed journal. He is the 2011 Marshall E. Dimock Award winner for best lead article in the Public Administration Review. He has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research and program development grants from the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Transportation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Vermont Department of Education, the Bonnor Foundation, the Bay Paul Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. He is chair of the Complexity and Network Studies section of the American Society of Public Administration. Chris teaches courses pertaining to public policy and public affairs, public administration, systems analysis, governance networks, collaborative management, and the intersection of science and society.
David Conner
Assistant Professor (802) 656-1965
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I conduct research on the economics of food systems and teach several courses. I have also worked on quantifying local food purchases in Vermont.
Bob Parsons
Agricultural Business Management Specialist (802) 656-2109
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Dr. Parsons works in the area of farm financial management, dairy farm management and marketing, farm succession issues, other farm management issues.
Katherine Elmer
Food Systems Research Specialist (802) 870-0982
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Katherine Elmer, MS grew up in the green hills of Central Vermont and revels in the opportunity to connect with clients around a shared love of place and nature through whole foods nutrition and herbal medicine. She is a clinically-trained community herbalist and faculty member at the University of Vermont focusing on Herbal Medicine, Integrative Health and Food Systems topics. She serves on the UVM Medical Center Program in Integrative Health. She has a Master's in Natural Resources from UVM and has completed clinical training through the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. She manages medicinal plant gardens on UVM campus and is the faculty advisor for the UVM student Herb Club. She also teaches regular community classes and herb walks in the Burlington area. She is co-founder of the Burlington Herb Clinic (, the RAILYARD Healing Center (, and an educational organization called Spoonful Herbals ( which offers a local Herbal CSA share program, a Community Herbalism Apprenticeship, and organizes medicinal plant gleaning events (“Herb Mobs”) on area organic farms and public green spaces.
Jane Kolodinsky
Chair (802) 656-4616
Asim Zia
(802) 656-4695
Jenna Banning
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M.S. Candidate, CDAE, UVM Research Assistant, CRS, UVM
Lindsay Quella


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