Minwoo Ahn is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the School of Complex Adaptive Systems (SCAS) at Arizona State University. He is mainly affiliated with and working at the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment. Minwoo's research focuses on understanding the management, governance, and politics of climate change, environmental, and natural resource issues. His research agenda centers on the following question: under what social-ecological, institutional, and governance conditions do collaborative processes improve (or undermine) social and environmental outcomes?
To answer this question, Minwoo primarily investigates three areas of inquiry: (1) How does institutional context shape collaborative processes? (2) How can collaborative governance tools improve collaborative performance? and (3) How can collaborative governance systems maintain legitimacy and democratic accountability from the broader public?
Currently, Minwoo's work examines how different stakeholders in collaborative governance perceive and interpret scientific, managerial, and relational uncertainties, and how these perceptions affect collaborative performance in water management and politics. To model individual and group behavior in collective action and collaborative governance, Minwoo employs a range of research methods, including behavioral game experiments, regression-based models, and case studies.