Researcher spotlight: Kathy Quick
Kathy Quick is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a researcher for the Roadway Safety Institute. Quick’s research and teaching areas include public and nonprofit leadership, urban planning, and public policy.
Quick’s research focuses primarily on involving diverse stakeholders in policymaking to address complex public problems. She often conducts her research in transportation and urban planning settings.
Quick and her colleague Guillermo Narvaez, a research associate at the Humphrey School, recently began an Institute-funded research project focused on collaborating with tribal governments to identify issues and solutions related to motor vehicle crashes among American Indians.
The rate of death and injury from motor vehicle crashes is significantly higher for American Indians than for any other ethnic group in the United States, Quick says, and the aim of her research project is to understand the nature of the problem and the sources of risk.
“To date, there has not been enough research done on why this is happening,” she says. “Much of what has been done is at the level of the American Indian population in the country as a whole. That does not give us a very good picture of what is happening in particular locations.”
To fill this gap, Quick is working with a broad variety of stakeholders to develop a more nuanced picture of the issue in terms of place-specificity. Although the project is just getting started, Quick says she has already begun to develop relationships with tribal transportation leaders, which she believes will lead to more future collaboration.
“Through the project itself we want to explore and build capacity for the kinds of policy measures and governance relationships that can effectively enhance safety,” she says.
Quick holds a Ph.D. in planning, policy, and design from the University of California, Irvine; an M.S. in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley; and a B.S. in biology from Swarthmore College. Quick previously worked as an environmental advocate and policy analyst in Indonesia and as a community development manager in California.