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Aiden Irish

PhD Student

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

Research Focus
Aiden Irish’s research and work focuses on how rural communities use multi-stakeholder collaboration to strengthen food and agriculture development. His dissertation research explores this topic using interviews and field observation in two rural communities, Wayne County, Ohio, and the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Research in these communities highlights the importance of informal social networks in rural collaboration as well as characteristics in rural social environments that influence stakeholder engagement and collaboration. A central topic of interest is the importance of personal connection to place and its role in developing equitable and just policy and administrative practice.

This research was conducted as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded research and Extension project Pathways to Prosperity ( This project explores strategies and develops Extension resources to aid rural agricultural communities in the development of sustainable and equitable value-added agriculture markets.

Relevant Professional Experience:

  • Project Manager, Pathways to Prosperity, Columbus, Ohio, 2018-present
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Glenn College of Public Affairs, Columbus, Ohio, 2017-2020
  • Research and Policy Consultant, Fair Farms Maryland, Takoma Park, MD, 2016
  • Research Associate, EcoAgriculture Partners, Washington, DC, 2015
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Cal Poly Pomona, CA, 2014-2015
  • Environmental Program Coordinator, Westmont Elementary School, Pomona, CA, 2013-2015

Teaching Experience:

  • Public Affairs 2110, Introduction to Public Affairs, Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University
    • (Spring 2020) – Designer and instructor of record for this three-credit introductory course. Class included 44 students of varying disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Public Affairs 2367, Writing and Communication in Public Affairs, Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University
    • (Spring 2019) – Instructor of record this General Education (GE) class of 25 students from multiple majors. Course covered the foundations of memo writing, public speaking and speech writing, and delivering written testimony.
  • Public Affairs 2110, Introduction to Public Affairs, Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University
    • (Fall 2018) – Designer and instructor of record for this three-credit introductory course covering introductions to the structure of government and public administration, policy analysis, and public management. Class included high school students earning dual high school and college credit.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Selected Refereed Conference Papers and Presentations:

  • Irish, Aiden, “Trust in the Process: A Framework for Trust in Collaborative Governance,” American Society for Public Administration National Conference, Washington, D.C., March 8-12, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Irish, Aiden, “Political Culture Obstacles to Sustainable Transportation Development,” Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences National Conference, San Diego, CA, June 25, 2015.

Reports and Professional Publications:

  • Irish, Aiden (2018). “Interview Responses of Local Food Action Planning Working Committee Members.” Prepared for Columbus Public Health.
  • Irish, Aiden (2016). “Diversifying the Agricultural Basket: Risks in Conventional Poultry on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Opportunities from Diversified Agriculture.” Fair Farms Maryland.
  • Irish, Aiden (2015). “Environmental Trust Funds: Case Studies and Institutional Structures.” Prepared for EcoAgriculture Partners.
  • Irish, Aiden (2016). “The Price of a Chicken in Every Pot: Assessing the Impact of the Poultry Industry in Maryland.” Prepared for Fair Farms Maryland.
Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.