Saba Siddiki

Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs


Saba Siddiki is an Associate Professor and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. Her research interests span a broad range of issues pertaining to the link between policy design and implementation outcomes, the role of collaborative governance in policy design and implementation, and policy and individual drivers of sustainability related technology and behavior adoption. Topically, she specializes in environmental and food system governance. Examples of topics she has studied in her previous work, include: how policy design structures implementation and resultant compliance outcomes; the conceptual and theoretical value of using institutional analyses as a basis for examining linkages between policy design and implementation outcomes; how policies structure who participates in collaborative groups and resultant impacts on collaborative performance; the role of government actors in affecting relationship building and learning among diverse sets of participants in collaborative groups; group and individual level determinants of knowledge acquisition and policy belief change; and the intersection of science and politics in shaping policy design and outcomes.

Professor Siddiki's work has been published in a range of leading public affairs journals, including the Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Administration, and Review of Policy Research, among others. She has received funding for her research from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation. In the Maxwell School, Professor Siddiki teaches the Executive MPA capstone course and public policy process in both the Executive and traditional MPA programs. In 2017, she received a Distinguished Professor Award from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Executive Education Program, in which she formally taught. Professor Siddiki currently serves as Associate Editor for Policy Design and Practice. She received her Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver in 2011.

Selected Publications

 “Applying Policy Process Theories to Environmental Governance Research: Themes and New Directions.” (Forthcoming). Ruseva, Tatyana, Megan Foster, Gwen Arnold, Saba Siddiki, Abigail York, Riley Pudney, and Ziqiao Chen.  Policy Studies Journal.
“All Plug-In Electric Vehicles are Not the Same: Predictors of Preference for a Plug-In Hybrid versus a Battery-Electric Vehicle.” (Forthcoming). Lane, Bradley W., Jerome Dumortier, Sanya Carley, Saba Siddiki, Kyle Clark-Sutton, Rachel M. Krause, and John D. Graham. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 65: 1-13.
“Evolution of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Demand: Assessing Consumer Perceptions and Intent to Purchase Over Time.” (Forthcoming) Carley, Sanya, Saba Siddiki, and Sean Nicholson-Crotty. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.

“An Analysis of the Macroeconomic Effects of 2017-2025 Federal Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards.” (Forthcoming. Carley, Sanya, Nikolaos Zirogiannis, Denvil Duncan, Saba Siddiki, and John D. Graham. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

“Most Consumers Don’t Buy Hybrids: Is Rational Choice a Sufficient Explanation?” (Forthcoming). Duncan, Denvil, Arthur Lin Ku, Alyssa Julian*, Sanya Carley, Saba Siddiki, Nikolaos Zirogiannis, and John D. Graham.  Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

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Research Grants and Awards

Principal Investigator. “A Research Coordination Network Dedicated to Coordinating and Advancing Analytical Approaches for Policy Design,” with Edella Schlager, Charlie Schweik, Seth Frey, Doug Rice, Chris Weible, Tanya Heikkila, and Brenda Bushouse. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 2019-2022.

Principal Investigator. “Coordinating and Advancing Analytical Approaches for Policy Design.” Funded by Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program. 2018.

Co-Principal Investigator. “Toward the Diffusion of Sustainable Technologies: The Case of Electric Vehicles,” with Sanya Carley (PI) and Sean Nicholson-Crotty (Co-PI). Funded by the National Science Foundation. 2016-2018.

Distinguished Professor Award. School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Executive Education Program. 2017.