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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

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Eminent public and environmental affairs scholar to speak at The University of Arizona

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

What: Dr. Elinor Ostrom, Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University will speak on the topic “The Challenge of Building and Sustaining Effective Social Capital – Why Collaboration is Important.”

The lecture is sponsored by the School of Public Administration and Policy at the Eller College of Management and The University of Arizona Department of Political Science. Funding was made possible through the endowment of the Providence Service Corporation Chair in Public Management.

Who: Professor Ostrom’s research explores how institutional rules affect the structure of action where individuals face incentives, make choices, and jointly affect each other. Problems involving collective goods and common-pool resource systems, and how various types of institutions enhance or detract from the capabilities of individuals to achieve equitable, workable, efficient solutions are a central theoretical concern of her research.

In urban settings, Ostrom has been interested in the problems of collective action where citizens face problems of crime, poor education, and deteriorating environmental conditions. She is also interested in the same problems as they relate to resource problems in the Third World, particularly problems of collective action related to forests, fisheries, grazing areas, agricultural lands, and water systems.

Ostrom co-founded The Workshop in Political Theory and Public Policy at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. and is highly regarded for her distinct school of thought — Public Choice Theory — as it relates to the study of problems of institutional democracy.

In 2001 Ostrom was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She is the recipient of the John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science from the National Academy of Sciences; the Sustainability of Science Award from the Ecological Society of America; the James Madison Award, from the American Political Science Association; and numerous honorary doctorates from universities in the U.S. and Europe. She is past president of the American Political Science Association and the Public Choice Society.

Where: North Ballroom, Student Union Memorial Center, The University of Arizona, 1303 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ

When: Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

Note: This lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee at the Second Street parking garage at Mountain Avenue and Second Street next to the UA Student Union.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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