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New blog series – Student Research on the Columbia River

Announcing a New Blog Series

One thing that I’ve loved about blogging and attending various conferences in the Columbia River Basin is that through them, I’ve met a lot of great students conducting research in the basin on a wide variety of topics related to the Columbia River.  I want to get the word out about these future basin leaders and their research projects so I decided to start a new blog series devoted to sharing student research and promoting the student researchers.

Call for Submissions

If you are interested in promoting your research on my blog, please fill out this Google Form.   Why should you fill out the form?  Professional web presence is often cited as important to potential employers (yep, your future boss is going to Google you), and therefore it is a good idea to share your work on the web.  I’m offering you a platform to do just that.


Q: What disciplines are you highlighting in the blog series?

A: All disciplines!  I would love the blog posts to cover a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, policy, engineering, fish & wildlife, hydrology, economics, geography, and geomorphology.  Just make sure that your paragraph summary of your research is something someone outside your discipline can understand.

Q: My research is not complete yet, is it worth sharing?

A: Yes, please share ongoing research and recently completed research.

Q: I am a student outside of the Columbia River Basin, but my research is on the Columbia River–can I share my research on your blog?

A: Please do!

Q: My research focuses on a tributary of the Columbia River–can I still share my research?

A: Yes.

Q: I am a student in the Columbia River Basin, but my research is outside of the basin–can I promote my research on your blog?

A: I’m sorry, but I’m focusing on only sharing research related to the Columbia River.

 Sample post

Kim at the Peace Arch in Blaine, WA, USA

Kim at the Peace Arch in Blaine, WA, USA

Researcher: Kim Ogren, doctoral candidate

Affiliation: Oregon State University

Research: My research investigates which characteristics of water governance processes contribute to good water governance outcomes and provide water managers with a practical tool for evaluating and improving water governance processes. Or more simply, I am trying to determine how can we improve our decisions in water governance by improving the process for making those decisions.  I developed an evaluation framework for water governance decision making processes that  I’m applying it to the two reviews of the Columbia River Treaty by the US and Canada.  I intend to identify lessons learned in those two processes so they can be considered in future Columbia River basin stakeholder and sovereign engagement processes.  I am also working to tease out whether a “good” decision making process actually leads to a “good” decision or outcome.

About the Researcher: I am a doctoral candidate in Geography at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, USA. My studies focus on improving water governance decision making processes. I moved to Oregon in 2010, and obtained a Masters of Science in Water Resources Policy and Management and a Graduate Certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation from Oregon State University. Prior to moving to Oregon, I worked as a consultant for the US Environmental Protection Agency on water security issues in Washington DC.  I also hold a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies and Policy Management from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. During my time at Oregon State University, I’ve worked as a co-instructor and graduate teaching assistant for natural resource and environmental policy and law courses as well as a graduate research assistant managing the US Western Water Institutional Solutions Project. In 2014, I completed an internship with the Portland District of the US Army Corps of Engineers, assisting with the CRT 2014/2024 Review Program.  My research interests include all things related to the Columbia River Treaty, the integration of science and policy, conflict and cooperation in river basins, and the influence of place on governance of natural resources, particularly water.  As I continue my career in water governance, I hope to help identify ways to balance competing interests fairly and equitably, finding common ground along the way.

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One thought on “New blog series – Student Research on the Columbia River

  1. Christian Marsh

    Very cool Kim. I’m starting a Master’s of Public Policy in the Fall @ Portland State U. I’m hoping to focus on tribal governance, energy policy and sustainability. Working with Columbia Basin tribes on CRT brought into focus my desire to continue to work with tribes on policy issues in our Basin and beyond. Hopefully I can contribute to this page soon.



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