Elizabeth McNie

Elizabeth McNie

Western Water Assessment
CIRES/University of Colorado Boulder
216 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 303-497-4030



Elizabeth McNie is a Research Scientist at the Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, and a Research Fellow at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. She is an expert in science policy and the design and implementation of use-inspired research, particularly in the field of climate-change adaptation. She currently serves as the evaluation coordinator at WWA where her research focuses on understanding the effectiveness of use-inspired research and boundary organizations. Previously she was an Assistant Professor at Purdue University in the departments of Political Science and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.

Highlighted Publications

McNie, E. C., A. Parris, and D. Sarewitz (2016). Improving the public value of science: A typology to inform discussion, design and implementation of research. Research Policy, Vol. 45, Issue 4, pp. 884-895, May.

McNie, E., A. Parris, and D. Sarewitz (2015). A Typology for Assessing the Role of Users in Scientific Research. User Engagement and Scientific Research, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes.

McNie, E. (2014). The Utah Model Report. Western Water Assessment Report.

Mulvaney, K. K., C. J. Foley, T. O. Höök, E. C. McNie, and L. S. Prokopy (2014). Identifying useful climate change information needs for Great Lakes Fisheries Managers. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 40 (3) 590-598, doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2014.06.002, September.

McNie, E. C. (2013). Delivering climate services: Organizational strategies and approaches for producing useful climate-science information. Weather, Climate and Society. Vol. 5, 14-26.

Lahsen, M., M. M. C. Bustamante, R. Swap, E. McNie, J. P. Ometto, T. Schor, H. Tiessen, S. Andelman, and H. J. Annegarn (2013). The contributions of regional knowledge networks researching environmental changes in Latin America and Africa: A synthesis of what they can do and why then can be policy relevant. Ecology and Society, Vol.18, No. 3, 14.

Clark, W. C., T. P. Tomich, M. van Noordwijk, N. M. Dickson, D. Catacutan, D. Guston, and E. McNie (2011). Toward a General Theory of Boundary Work: Insights from the CGIAR’s Natural Resource Management Programs. Harvard Kennedy School Working Paper No. RWP10-035.

Dilling, L, J. B. Holbrook, N. Logar, G. Manicle, E. McNie, R. Meyer, and M. Neff (2010). Science Policy Assessment and Research on Climate, Usable Science: A Handbook for Science Policy Decision Makers, University of Colorado, Boulder and Arizona State University.

McNie, E. C. (2007). Reconciling the Supply of Scientific Information with User Demands: An Analysis of the Problem and Review of the Literature. Environmental Science & Policy, Vol. 10, 17-38.

McNie, E. C., M. Van Noordwijk, W. Clark, N. Dickson, N. Sakuntaladewi, J. Suyanto, B. Leimona, and C. Kurnaintan (2008). Boundary Organizations, Objects and Agents: Linking Knowledge with Action in Agroforestry Watersheds, Report from the workshop held at Brawijaya University, Malang, East Java, Indonesia, July 26-29, 2007.

McNie, E. C, R. A. Pielke, Jr., and D. Sarewitz, eds. (2007). Science Policy Assessment and Research on Climate - Reconciling Supply and Demand Workshop: Climate Science Policy Lessons from the RISAs. Report from the workshop held August 15-17, 2005 in Honolulu, Hawaii.