Katherine Ball

Education: PhD candidate in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program at Arizona State University; Master’s in Science and Technology Policy at Arizona State University (ASU)

Current Position: Offshore Wind Social Science and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist for the Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office

Supported by: JPB Fellow Kirk Jalbert
Katherine was Kirk’s primary research assistant from 2018 until the end of this semester (May,2020) working in partnership with JPB Fellow Matthew Cutler on a study of stakeholders engaged in Northeast sustainable fisheries policy debates. She also assisted with Kirk’s research on helium extraction in Northeast AZ. Katherine just received a prestigious Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program and will be working with NOAA in DC during 2020.

Katherine is a doctoral student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program at Arizona State University and studies how the U.S. federal government implements environmental policies and engages with local communities. She joined Civic Futures to work on the Helium Extraction project while completing her Master’s in Science and Technology Policy which led to her leading the development of “Helium Futures” with community partners. As a doctorate student, Katherine worked to help launch a stakeholder analysis project with NOAA Northeast Fisheries. Her own research focuses on the implementation of federal ocean policies in Alaska and how the voices of Alaska residents are involved in decision-making processes.