Aiden Irish


Hometown: Duvall, Washington

Undergrad Institution and Major:
BA (political science and environmental ethics and policy), The University of Portland

Graduate Institutions and Major:
MS (regenerative studies for sustainable development), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Relevant Professional Experience:
Policy Analyst, Fair Farms Maryland, Takoma Park, MD, 2016
Research Associate, EcoAgriculture Partners, Washington, DC, 2015
Graduate Research Assistant, Cal Poly Pomona Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Pomona, CA, 2014-2015

Research Interests:
My research focuses on the inter-actor networks involved in policy systems governance, with a focus on food system planning and rural governance. In particular, I am interested in the role of emergent, informal social networks and inter-organizational boundary spanners in collaborative governance networks as well as the manner by which such informal networks are developed and managed to support a systems-based approach to policy development. Additionally, my research focuses on how these social factors in collaborative governance differ across urban and rural contexts.

Professional Service Activities :
Colloquium Director, Glenn College of Public Affairs, 2017-2018

Selected Refereed Conference Papers and Presentations:
Irish, Aiden, “Political Culture Obstacles to Sustainable Transportation Development,” Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences National Conference, San Diego, CA, June 25, 2015.

Irish, Aiden, Jill K. Clark, Karen Banks, Anne Palmer, and Raychel Santo, “The State of U.S. Food Policy Councils: A Public Administration Perspective,” Joint 2017 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, Los Angeles, CA, June 14-17, 2017.

Willson, Richard and Aiden Irish, “Dynamic Parking Pricing: A Comparison of Evaluation Methods,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning National Conference, Houston, TX, October 22-25, 2015.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:
Clark, Jill K., Julia Freedgood, Aiden Irish, Kim Hodgson, and Samina Raja (2017). “Fail to Include, Plan to Exclude: Reflections on local governments’ readiness to address equity in food systems policy.” Built Environment, 43(3).

Irish, Aiden (2014). “An Ethos of Sustainability: Integrated Sustainability for Urban Development.” International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.

Irish, Aiden (2017). “Assessing Local Government Capacity for Implementing Sustainable Transportation: The Role of Political Culture.” International Journal of Public Administration, 40(5).

Working Papers:
Irish, Aiden. “Trust in the Process: Taking Trust Seriously as a Resource in Policy Making.”

Reports and Professional Publications:
Irish, Aiden, “Diversifying the Agricultural Basket: Risks in Conventional Poultry on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Opportunities from Diversified Agriculture,” Fair Farms Maryland, 2016.

Irish, Aiden, “Environmental Trust Funds: Case Studies and Institutional Structures,” prepared for EcoAgriculture Partners, August 2015.

Irish, Aiden, “The Price of a Chicken in Every Pot: Assessing the Impact of the Poultry Industry in Maryland,” prepared for Fair Farms Maryland, March 2016.





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