J.C. Martel is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration. Her subject matter interest is policy and planning for sustainable urban development in the U.S. and India. J.C. favors the use of policy process theories to guide her research and applies both quantitative and qualitative methods. Her most recent research, jointly pursued with Dr. Rachel Krause, has applied clustering techniques to city-level greenhouse gas emissions to explore city sustainability.
J.C. completed her first PhD year at the University of Colorado Denver, using the Narrative Policy Framework to understand issue framing of air pollution in Delhi, India after participating in the multi-institutional Sustainable Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities Partnership for International Research and Education Program (PIRE) in India. Prior to that, J.C. received a Master in Public Administration degree, publishing peer-reviewed research on state-level green building markets and national program linkages between energy efficiency and disaster management.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and concentration in Urban Community Planning in 2004, J.C. has consistently worked in the nonprofit sector leading various programs and initiatives focused on improving energy efficiency in the buildings sector.