David Konisky, the Lynton K. Caldwell professor at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, has been named the recipient of the World Citizen Prize in Environmental Performance Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
The honor recognizes research that assesses pathways to achieve measurable but as-yet unrealized gains in overall environmental performance to reduce consumption and waste. Konisky was recognized for his research on environmental justice, which focuses on disparities in policy implementation and regulatory enforcement.
“It is always an incredible honor to be recognized by your colleagues,” said Konisky, who is the co-director of the Energy Justice Lab at the O’Neill School. “I hope APPAM’s recognition of my work on environmental justice inspires more research and policy analysis on how we can do a better job to address disparities in environmental protection. I have been fortunate to work with an amazing set of collaborators, and I share this award with them.”
Konisky has published 75 peer-reviewed articles in leading environmental, public policy, and social science journals, authored or edited six scholarly books, and written scores of book chapters and technical reports. His innovative research on multiple dimensions of U.S. environmental policy and politics has been recognized with numerous national awards, and his work has been supported by nearly $2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and more.
“David is a rockstar scholar who is immensely deserving of an award focused on scholarly excellence in the environmental space,” said O’Neill Professor Sanya Carley, who nominated Konisky for the award and earned the same honor in 2020. “He has an extensive record of research productivity and impact, and a national and international reputation as a leading scholar of U.S. environmental policy and politics.”
Konisky’s research has been published in various journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Climatic Change, Environmental Research Letters, Global Environmental Change, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Politics, Nature Energy, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Public Opinion Quarterly. The award, consisting of a plaque, a $2,500 prize, and travel funds to attend the APPAM Fall Research Conference, will be presented to Konisky at a special event at the event in November 2022.