Derek Kauneckis

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Prof. Kauneckis specializes in public policy, institutional analysis, environmental policy and methodology. His research examines the evolution of governance institutions and how rule structure influences decision making and policy outcomes. Current work focuses on the emergence of collaborative environmental policy, property right institutions and science and technology policy in the American states.

He holds a M.S. in International Development from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University at Bloomington.


Current Research Projects

State-level Science & Technology Policy

Nevada Climate Change Infrastructure Project

Lake Tahoe Policy Evaluation and Landowner Survey



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Student Resources

A number of my courses use in-class simulations. Instructions are provided below.

Below are a selection of reliable online research resources on various topics. They are provided for students working on research papers as the starting point for finding data and information on specific areas of interest.

UNR | Dept. of Political Science | WebCT | DataWorks | Curriculum Vitae

Last updated: 01/25/09