Photo of Ken outside with water in the background

Ken Genskow

Chair and Professor
Urban and Regional Planning
Degrees/Academics
BS General Engineering, Master's Urban Planning, PhD Urban and Regional Planning
Campus Affiliations
UW-Extension Specialist; Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Affiliate
Office
112a Music Hall
Office Hours
By appointment

Professor Ken Genskow addresses issues of environmental planning and policy, watershed planning, and collaborative and participatory approaches to resource management. His research and applied work have explored the evaluation and assessment of collaborative watershed management, watershed governance, and the effectiveness of educational and technical assistance programs on land management. Genskow is interested in planning processes that provide for meaningful participation by stakeholders in resource management initiatives as well as planning approaches that explicitly incorporate social science dimensions into environmental planning and management. 

Ken holds a joint appointment with UW-Extension, where he serves as a specialist on water resources and co-directs the UW Environmental Resources Center, overseeing UW-Extension's programs for Regional Natural Resources, Volunteer Stream Monitoring, Aquatic Invasive Species, and Farmer-led Watershed Councils. These programs, conducted through the UW–Madison/UW-Extension Environmental Resources Center, involve Extension educators working throughout the state with local agency and organizational partners to address priority state and local resource management issues. Ken is also affiliated with UW–Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Agro-ecology program, and Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.

Professor Genskow has a BS in General Engineering and a Master's in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois. He earned his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Wisconsin–Madison. Ken served as an engineer/planner with Peace Corps Nepal from 1989-1992.

Prokopy, L.S. and K. Genskow. 2015. Social Indicator Variations Across Watersheds: Implications for Developing Outreach and Technical Assistance Programs. Society and Natural Resources. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2015.1081310

Genskow, K and K Magyera. 2015. Wetlands. Edward Elgar Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Politics and Governance. [http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/encyclopedia-of-global-environmental-govern…]

Mase, A.S., N.L. Babin, L.S. Prokopy, and K.D. Genskow, 2015. Trust in Sources of Soil and Water Quality Information: Implications for Environmental Outreach and Education. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) [published online Aug 2015]. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12349. 

Reimer, A, A Thompson, L Prokopy, J Arbuckle, K Genskow, D Jackson-Smith, G Lynne, L McCann, and P Nowak. 2014. “People, place, behavior and context: A research agenda for expanding our understanding of what motivates farmers’ conservation behaviors.” Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 69(2):47A-51A.

Howell, A, B Shaw, K Genskow. 2014. Evaluation of a Movie Theater Advertisement Campaign to Promote Behaviors that Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. Society and Natural Resources. 27(7):768-776.

Genskow, K. and L. Prokopy. 2013. Intentional Outcomes for Watershed Outreach and Technical Assistance. River Voices. 23(3):8-11.

Genskow, K. and J. Blasczyk. 2013. Reaching New Forest Landowner Audiences: Impacts of Wisconsin’s Learn About Your Land Program. Journal of Extension. 51(3): 1-10.

Magyera, K. and K. Genskow. 2013. Toward Integrated Wetland Conservation: A Diagnostic Framework. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 56 (1): 121-139

Robinson, P., K. Genskow, B. Shaw, and R. Shepard. 2012. Barriers and opportunities for integrating social science into natural resource management: Lessons from National Estuarine Research Reserves. Environmental Management. 50:998-1011.

Thurston L., C. Smith, K. Genskow, L. Prokopy, W. Hargrove. 2012. The Social Context of Water Quality Improvement Evaluation. In D. J. Rog, J. L. Fitzpatrick, & R. F. Conner (Eds.), Context: A framework for its influence on evaluation practice. New Directions for Evaluation, 135, 41–58.

Genskow, K. 2012. Taking Stock of Voluntary Nutrient Management: Measuring and Tracking Change. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 67(1):51-58. View Publication

Genskow, K. and L. Prokopy (eds.). 2011. The Social Indicator Planning and Evaluation System (SIPES) for Nonpoint Source Management: A Handbook for Watershed Projects. 3rd Edition. Great Lakes Regional Water Program. (104 pages). View Publication.

Genskow, K and D Wood. 2011. Improving Voluntary Environmental Management Programs: facilitating learning and adaptation.Environmental Management 47:907-916. View Publication

Prokopy L., A. Gocmen, J. Gao, S. Allred, J. Bonnell, K. Genskow, A.Molloy, R. Power. 2011. “Incorporating social context variables into paired watershed designs to test nonpoint source program effectiveness” Journal of the American Water Resources Association 47(1):196-202. View Publication

Genskow, K. and Linda Stalker Prokopy 2010. "Lessons Learned in Developing Social Indicators for Regional Water Quality Management" in Society and Natural Resources Vol. 23, Issue 1, Pages 83-91. View Publication

Urban and Regional Planning (URPL), Department of, University of Wisconsin‐Madison. 2009. “Implementing the Great Lakes Compact: Wisconsin Conservation and Efficiency Measures Report.” Extension Report 2009‐01. View Publication

Genskow K and D Wood. 2009. Measurement, Learning, and Adaptation in Planning and Implementing Voluntary Nonpoint Source Watershed Programs. Journal of Planning Literature 24(2):137-154. View Publication

Prokopy, L., K. Genskow, et al. 2009. Designing a regional system of social indicators to evaluate nonpoint source water projects.  
Journal of Extension 47(2). View Publication

Genskow, K. 2009. Catalyzing Collaboration: Wisconsin’s Agency-Initiated Basin Partnerships.  Environmental Management. 43:411-424. View Publication

Genskow, K., L. Prokopy, and R. Power. 2008. Using social data in nonpoint source management. Lakeline 28(3):19-22. View Publication

Genskow, K., J. Haack, and M. Kornmann. 2008. Partnering for Shoreline Protection in Wisconsin’s Burnett County Lakes: What Roles for Lake Associations? Lakeline 28(3):45-49. View Publication

Genskow, K. 2008. “Using Social Indicators to Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution.” In Environmental Communication & Social Marketing, published by UW-Extension, Environmental Resources Center. 1(1):5. View Publication

Genskow, Kenneth D. and Stephen M. Born. 2006. Organizational dynamics of watershed partnerships: A key to integrated water resources management. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education (135): 56-64. View Publication

Genskow, K., J. Blasczyk, and S. Slater. 2006.  Assessing Conservation Practices and Information Preferences in the Fever River Headwaters Area.  Report for the UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm. Environmental Resources Center. June 2006.  View Publication

Born, Stephen M. and Kenneth D. Genskow. 2001. Toward Understanding New Watershed Initiatives – A Report from the Madison Watershed Workshop. Report for Trout Unlimited and the Henry P. Kendall Foundation.  Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin-Extension. View Publication

Born, Stephen M. and Kenneth D. Genskow. 2000. The Watershed Approach—An Empirical Assessment of Innovation in Environmental Management. In Learning From Innovations (Environment.gov Research Papers). Report No. 00-12. Washington, DC: National Academy of Public Administration. View Report View Appendices (Case Studies)

Born, Stephen M. and Kenneth D. Genskow. 1999. Exploring the Watershed Approach: Critical Dimensions of State-Local Partnerships. Portland, OR; River Network. View Publication

UW-Extension's Regional Natural Resources Program, Volunteer Stream Monitoring, Aquatic Invasive Species, and Farmer-led Watershed Councils
Through his affiliation with the Environmental Resources Center, Professor Genskow directs Extension natural resources outreach and education programs involving Extension Educators working with partners across Wisconsin to enhance capacity for resource management. For more information:

Regional Natural Resources http://naturalresources.uwex.edu/

Volunteer Stream Monitoring http://erc.cals.wisc.edu/programs/volunteer-monitoring/

Aquatic Invasive Species http://erc.cals.wisc.edu/programs/aquatic-invasive-species-outreach/

Farmer-led Watershed Councils http://blogs.ces.uwex.edu/wflcp/

Developing social indicators for managing nonpoint source water pollution.   
Dr. Genskow is co-leading a multi-state initiative to incorporate social data into planning an evaluation of watershed management projects.  For more information, visit this project website, or this site on project background. To use the online tool, SIDMA (Social Indicators Data Management and Analysis), visit the SIDMA website: http://www.iwr.msu.edu/sidma.  To download the social indicators handbook or view video modules with instructions for using SIDMA, link here.

Evaluating Programs for Nutrient Management Planning.
Dr. Genskow is working with University of Wisconsin educators and researchers to determine effects of educational programs on farmer nutrient management practices. 

Woodland owner education
Through the Regional Natural Resources Program, Professor Genskow is working with partners on approaches to target outreach efforts to woodland owners not traditionally involved in forest management.  For more information on woodland management programs through UW-Extension, visit:  http://woodlandinfo.org

Outreach for stormwater and agricultural nonpoint source pollution
Professor Genskow supports planning and education efforts related to urban and rural nonpoint sources of pollution.  For more information about these efforts in Wisconsin, visit:  http://runoffinfo.uwex.edu

Professor Genskow is involved in numerous additional outreach and research projects, including

-USDA-NIFA Dairy Cap (http://www.sustainabledairy.org/)

-SERA-46, Land Grant Univeristy Collaboration for Nutrtient Reduction to Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia  (http://northcentralwater.org/sera-46/)

-NC1190, Catalysts for Water Resources Protection and Restoration: Applied Social Science Research.

-North Central Regional Water Network

-Volunteer monitoring for water quality (http://www.usawaterquality.org/volunteer/)

-Integrated climate sensitivity analysis for the National Estuarine Research Reserves System (NERRS) (http://erc.cals.wisc.edu/climatesensitivitynerrs/)

-Understanding Manure Irrigation (http://fyi.uwex.edu/manureirrigation)

-Targeting in watershed management (http://erc.cals.wisc.edu/targetingprimer/)

-Challenges of Collaboration in Environmental Governance (challenge areas)