- Faculty Affiliate, Energy Institute
- Director, Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy
- Professor, Public Service and Administration, Bush School of Government and Public Service
Research on sustainable cities and urban resilience has served as the core of my research agenda since the late 1990s, when the idea of a sustainable city provided me with a great opportunity to merge my interests in city policies and politics, environmental policy, and citizen participation. I have taken a broad approach to the analysis of city policies and programs, trying to understand a wide array of programs and policies that make up cities' efforts to try to become more sustainable. I developed a methodology for assessing cities' policy and program efforts, and have assessed the largest 55 cities. I started doing these assessments by around 2000 for a smaller number of cities, and have conducted updated analyses of the largest cities at least three times. This yielded the \"Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously\" book, now in its second edition. I should also add that this has served, in part, as my entree into the more recent efforts to conduct research of urban water systems and policies. I have increasingly focused on the role of local groups in promoting and advocating for sustainability policies The interest in the concept of sustainability led to the new book called Sustainability published MIT Press, which reviews a variety of conceptual and applied issues. The analysis of city sustainability policies has now entered a new phase with the inclusion of urban and coastal resilience policies and programs. I am also the PI on a USDA project to investigate the social and ethical concerns of various groups of people toward gene drive -- the use of gene editing to try to alter entire populations of four agricultural pests in Texas. These pests include the boll weevil, pigweed, Indian mealmoth, and the mosquito that threatens to carry Rift Valley fever. Recent work has turned to issues of \"Smart Cities\" in an effort to document and evaluate the use of advanced technologies by city governments.
- Liu, X., Hao, F., Portney, K., & Liu, Y. (2020). Examining Public Concern about Global Warming and Climate Change in China. The China Quarterly. 242, 460-486.
- Liu, X., Mumpower, J. L., Portney, K. E., & Vedlitz, A. (2019). Perceived Risk of Terrorism and Policy Preferences for Government Counterterrorism Spending: Evidence From a U.S. National Panel Survey. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy. 10(1), 102-135.
- Daher, B., Hannibal, B., Portney, K. E., & Mohtar, R. H. (2019). Toward creating an environment of cooperation between water, energy, and food stakeholders in San Antonio. Science of The Total Environment. 651(Pt 2), 2913-2926.
- Aldaco-Manner, L., Mohtar, R., & Portney, K. (2019). Analysis of four governance factors on efforts of water governing agencies to increase water reuse in the San Antonio Region.. Science of The Total Environment. 647, 1498-1507.
- Hannibal, B., & Portney, K. (2019). Correlates of Food-Energy-Water Nexus Awareness Among the American Public. Social Science Quarterly. 100(3), 762-778.
- Portney, K. E. (2015). Sustainability. Mit Press.
- Portney, K. E. (2013). Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities. Mit Press.
- Ostrander, S. A., & Portney, K. E. (2007). Acting Civically From Urban Neighborhoods to Higher Education. UPNE.
- Cohen, S., Portney, K. E., Rehberger, D., & Thorsen, C. (2005). Virtual decisions: Digital simulations for teaching reasoning in the social sciences and humanities. Routledge.
- Berry, J. M., Portney, K. E., & Arons, D. F. (2003). Surveying nonprofits a methods handbook. Aspen Inst Human Studies.
- Kurian, M., Portney, K. E., Rappold, G., Hannibal, B., & Gebrechorkos, S. H. (2018). Governance of water-energy-food nexus: A social network analysis approach to understanding agency behaviour. Managing Water, Soil and Waste Resources to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals: Monitoring and Implementation of Integrated Resources Management. (pp. 125-147). Springer International Publishing.
- Sansom, G., & Portney, K. E. (2018). Sustainable cities, policies and healthy cities. Integrating Human Health into Urban and Transport Planning: A Framework. (pp. 31-49). Springer International Publishing.
- Portney, K. E. (2014). Developing sustainable cities indicators. Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities: Strategies, Methods and Outlook. (pp. 283-301). Edward Elgar Publishing.
- Berry, J. M., & Portney, K. E. (2014). The group basis of city politics. Nonprofits and Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment. (pp. 21-46).
- Portney, K. E., & Cohen, S. (2005). Practical contexts and theoretical frameworks for teaching complexity with digital role-play simulations. Portney, K. E. (Eds.), Virtual Decisions: Digital Simulations for Teaching Reasoning in the Social Sciences and Humanities. (pp. 3-28).
- Baucum, M., John, R., Mayorga, M., Slovic, P., Burns, W., Portney, K., & Mumpower, J. (2018). The dynamics of risk perception for soft target terrorism.
- Portney, K. E. (2017). Soil-Water-Food Nexus: A Public Opinion and Policy Perspective. GLOBAL SOIL SECURITY. 371-381.
- Portney, K. (2005). Civic engagement and sustainable cities in the United States. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REVIEW. 65(5), 579-591.
- BERRY, J. M., PORTNEY, K. E., & THOMSON, K. (1991). THE POLITICAL-BEHAVIOR OF POOR PEOPLE. 357-372.