Dr. Carol Silva

EPSCoR Research Focus: 
Observatory Network * Decision-Support System
Associate Director, Center for Risk, Crisis and Resilience | Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Oklahoma
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B.A. | Political Science | University of New Mexico | 1989
M.A. | Political Science | University of Rochester | 1996
Ph.D. | Political Science | University of Rochester | 1998
Research Interests: 

Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR Researchers:
Socio-Ecological Systems' Adaptation to Climate Variability

Dr. Carol Silva earned her Ph.D. in political science and public policy from the University of Rochester (1998). She was previously employed by the University of New Mexico's Institute for Public Policy, the Department of Political Science and the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She is currently a member of the University of Oklahoma faculty in the Center for Applied Social Research, and the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, she also serves as the Director of the Center for Risk, Crisis & Resilience.

Dr. Silva's current research encompasses the intersection of a set of theoretical and methodological social science issues. She studies social valuation generally, and more specifically the translation of values into public choice. The empirical underpinnings of the social valuation and risk perception research are grounded in applied survey research methodologies and public policy analysis. The specific topics of research interest include: risk perception, environmental politics and policy; science and technology policy; climate, weather and social science, contingent valuation methodology; policy analysis; cost benefit analysis; risk analysis and assessment.

Dr. Silva's participation in the OK EPSCoR climate variability research project will prove valuable in (1) the establishment of a first-of-its-kind, statewide, socio-ecological observatory, and (2) the development of a pilot decision-support system that provides researchers, educators and practitioners with data, models, tools and scenarios that are needed to explore and understand the social and ecological impacts of management and policy decisions.

Research Assistants Funded by EPSCoR: 

Kathryn Jeane Hardy (Staff)
Center for Risk and Crisis Management, University of Oklahoma 
Research Focus:  Coordinating M-SISNet survey respondent (post-survey) mailings.
Email:  jeanehardy@ou.edu


Matthew Henderson (Staff)
Center for Risk and Crisis Management, University of Oklahoma 
Research Focus:  Programming the M-SISNet survey instrument each quarter; designing and maintaining the administrative platform for the M-SISNet.
Email:  matthew@matthew-henderson.com


Chih-Yu Lai (Graduate Student)
Dept. of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma
Research Focus:  Performing GIS spatial interpolation on M-SISNet survey instrument results and other related projects.
Email:  cylai@ou.edu


Chloe Magee (Graduate Student)
Dept. of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma 
Research Focus:  Conducting GIS mapping projects using M-SISNet data; developing and maintaining M-SISNet codebooks; testing survey instruments. 
Email:  chloe.magee@ou.edu


Jason Pudlo (Graduate Student)
Dept. of Political Science, University of Oklahoma
Research Focus:  Conducting M-SISNet data analysis, particularly as it relates to religion/religiosity and perceptions about climate.
Email:  jpudlo@ou.edu


Joe Ripberger (Staff)
Center for Risk and Crisis Management, University of Oklahoma
Research Focus:  Collecting, analyzing, and distributing data from the Meso-scale Integrated Socio-geographic Network (M-SISNet).
Email:  jtr@ou.edu

Key Publications: 
  • Goebbert, Kevin, Hank Jenkins-Smith, Kim Klockow, Matthew Nowlin, and Carol Silva. 2012. “Weather, Climate and Worldviews: The Sources and Consequences of Public Perceptions of Changes in Local Weather Patterns.” Weather, Climate and Society 4(2): 132-144.
  • Jenkins-Smith, Hank, Carol Silva, Matthew Nowlin and Grant DeLozier. 2011. “Reversing Nuclear Opposition: Evolving Public Acceptance of a Permanent Nuclear Waste Disposal Facility.” Risk Analysis 31(4): 629-644.
  • Carol Silva and Hank Jenkins-Smith. 2007. “Precaution in Context: US and EU Scientists’ Prescriptions for Policy in the Face of Uncertainty.” Social Science Quarterly 88(3): 640-664.
  • Hui Li, Hank Jenkins-Smith, Carol Silva, Robert Berrens, and Kerry Herron. 2009. "Public Support for Reducing US Reliance on Fossil Fuels: Investigating Household Willingness to Pay for Energy Research and Development" Ecological Economics 68(3):731-742.
  • Robert Berrens, Alok Bohara, Hank Jenkins-Smith, Carol Silva and David Weimer. 2003. “The Advent of Internet Surveys for Political Research: A Comparison of Telephone and Internet Samples,” Political Analysis 11:1-23.
  • Carol Silva, Hank Jenkins-Smith and Richard Barke. 2007. “From Experts’ Beliefs to Safety Standards: Explaining Preferred Radiation Protection Standards in Polarized Technical Communities.” Risk Analysis 27(3): 755-773.
  • Hui Li, Robert Berrens, Alok Bohara, Hank Jenkins-Smith, Carol Silva, and David Weimer. 2004. “Telephone versus Internet Samples for a National Advisory Referendum: Are the Underlying Stated Preferences the Same?” Applied Economics Letters, 11(3): 173-176.
  • Berrens, R., A. Bohara, H. Jenkins-Smith, and C. Silva. 2003. “The Effect of an Environmental Disclosure Requirement on Willingness to Pay for Residential Properties in a Borderlands Community: El Paso, Texas Case Study,” Social Science Quarterly, 84(2): 359-378.
  • Berrens, R., A. Bohara, C. Silva, M. Mckee and D. Brookshire. 2000. “Contingent Values for New Mexico Instream Flows: With Tests of Scope, Group Size Reminder and Temporal Reliability:” The Journal of Environmental Management, 58(1):73-90.
  • Jenkins-Smith, H. and C. Silva. 1998. “The Role of Risk Perception and Technical Information in Scientific Debates Over Nuclear Waste Storage,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety 59: 107-122.
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