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Curriculum Vitae

1999 Ph.D., Political Science, University of Southern California
1994 M.A., Political Science, University of Southern California
1992 B.A., Study of the City, University of Southern California

Dr. Robert O. Vos is an Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences with the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in political science and focuses mostly on environmental politics and policy. From 1999 to 2009, he was with the Center for Sustainable Cities at the University of Southern California (USC).

His research emphasis is in the area of industrial ecology, including projects on regional materials flow analysis, eco-industrial park planning, lifecycle assessment, and sustainability indicators. One of his specialties is using GIS tools to improve methods used to measure the carbon footprint of many consumer products to more accurately assess their true environmental impact.

He has also published extensively on theories and concepts of sustainability. His co-edited book, Flashpoints in Environmental Policymaking: Controversies in Achieving Sustainability, won the annual Lynton K. Caldwell Prize from the American Political Science Association for the best book on environmental politics and policy.