Rachel M. Krause

I am a Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas and serve as the program director for our Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree. 


My research engages theories of urban governance, the selection and use of policy tools, collaboration, and the influence of institutions on policy and management decisions to understand the dynamics of urban sustainability and climate protection initiatives.

Information and resources related to specific research projects on the policy, management and implementation of city sustainability and city resiliency efforts are available at this Local Sustainability website.

Latest Book

Implementing City Sustainability: Overcoming Administrative Silos to Achieve Functional Collective Action

Implementing City Sustainability examines the structures and processes that city governments employ to pursue environmental, social, and economic well-being within their communities. As American cities adopt sustainability objectives, they are faced with the need to overcome fuzzy-boundary, coordination, and collective action challenges to achieve successful implementation.

Sustainability goals often do not fit neatly into traditional city government structures, which tend to be organized around specific functional responsibilities, such as planning, public works, parks and recreation, and community development. The authors advance a theory of Functional Collective Action and apply it to local sustainability to explain how cities can—and in some cases do—organize to successfully administer changes to achieve complex objectives that transcend these organizational separations. Implementing City Sustainability uses a mixed-method research design and original data to provide a national overview of cities’ sustainability arrangements, as well as eight city case studies highlighting different means of organizing to achieve functional collective action.

By focusing not just on what cities are doing to further sustainability, but also on how they are doing it, the authors show how administrative structure enables—or inhibits—cities to overcome functional divides and achieve successful outcomes.

Krause, Rachel M. and Christopher V. Hawkins. (2021). Implementing City Sustainability. Temple University Press.

Public Leadership to Expand the Boundaries of Urban Sustainability

Presentation for the National Academy of Public Administration

Fall 2021

Krause, Rachel M., S. Mohsen Fatemi, Le Anh Nguyen Long, Gwen Arnold, and Sarah L. Hofmeyer. (2023) "What is the Future of Survey-Based Data Collection for Local Government Research? Trends, Strategies, and Recommendations." Urban Affairs Review (2023): 10780874231175837.

Deslatte, Aaron, Michael D. Siciliano, and Rachel M. Krause. (2023). "Local government managers are on the frontlines of climate change: Are they ready?." Public Administration Review. 83: 1506-1511.

Long, Le Anh Nguyen, Rachel M. Krause, Gwen Arnold, Ryan Swanson, S. Mohsen Fatemi. (2023). "The networked micro-decision context: a new lens on transformative urban governance." Urban Transformations 5.1 (2023): 1-13.

Yuan (Daniel) Cheng, Angela Y.S. Park, and Rachel M. Krause. 2023.Nonprofit Sector Size and the Breadth of Local Government Climate Actions: Exploring the Moderating Role of CollaborationNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 0 10.1177/08997640221146967

Hawkins, Christopher V., and Rachel M. Krause. (2022). Decisions institutions, policy arenas, and inter-departmental collective action around urban sustainability. Urban Governance.


Rachel M. Krause, Christopher V. Hawkins, and Angela YS Park. (2022). How has the COVID crisis impacted local governments' sustainability efforts? An examination of initial effects. State and Local Government Review.


Moldogaziev, Temirlan T., Rachel M. Krause, Gwen Arnold, Le Ahn Nguyen Long, Tatyana Ruseva, Chris Silvia, and Christopher Witko. (2022). Support for the environment post‐transition? Material concerns and policy tradeoffs." Review of Policy Research.


Deslatte, Aaron, Rachel M. Krause, and Christopher V. Hawkins. (2022). The Road to Routinization: A Functional Collective Action Approach for Local Sustainability Planning and Performance Management. State and Local Government Review. 54(4): 310-327.

**Awarded best research article published in State and Local Government Review in 2022.

Bromley-Trujillo, Rebecca; Joshua A. Basseches; Maxwell Boykoff; Trevor Culhane; Galen Hall; Noel Healy; David J. Hess; David Hsu; Rachel M. Krause; Harland Prechel; R. Timmons Roberts; Jennie C. Stephens (2022). Climate policy conflict in the US states: a critical review and way forward. Climatic Change, 170(3), pp.1-24.

Hawkins, Christopher V., Rachel M. Krause, Aaron Deslatte. (2021) Staff Support and Administrative Capacity in Strategic Planning for Local Sustainability. Public Management Review. DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2021.1999667 

Rachel M. Krause, Christopher V. Hawkins. (2021). Viewpoints: Improving cities’ implementation of sustainability objectives. Cities. 113, 103167.

Rachel M. Krause. (2021) Why are we doing this? Issue framing, problem proximity, and cities’ rationale for regulating single-use plastics. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2021.1881463

Pierce, John C.; Krause, Rachel M.; Hofmeyer, Sarah L.; Johnson, Bonnie J. (2021) Explanations for Wind Turbine Installations: Local and Global Environmental Concerns in the Central Corridor of the United States? Energies, 14, 5830. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14185830

Park, Angela Y.S., Rachel M. Krause. (2021) Exploring the landscape of sustainability performance management systems in U.S. local governments. Journal of Environmental Management.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111764

Hawkins, Christopher V., Rachel M. Krause. (2021) Trends in Resource Capacity and Collaboration for City Sustainability: Implications for Planning Research and Practice. Planning Theory and Practice. 22 (1): 141-147. 

Rachel M. Krause, Christopher V. Hawkins, Angela Y.S. Park. (2021). The perfect amount of help: An examination of the relationship between capacity and collaboration in urban energy and climate initiatives. Urban Affairs Review. 57 (2):583-608.