Vivian Gonzalez Cueto

Vivian Gonzalez Cueto

Email: vgonz016@fiu.edu

Vivian Gonzalez Cueto is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Affairs at the Department of Public Administration, Florida International University (FIU). Her research interests include higher education policy, collaborative government, citizen participation, and economic development. Her dissertation, entitled “How Town Engages Gown: Best Practices in Municipal Engagement with Universities” investigates how local governments can leverage the assets of anchor institutions of higher education to mitigate social, economic, and environmental issues. Her dissertation uses both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Vivian’s dissertation research has been presented at a number of conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Urban Affairs Association, and the Broader Impacts Summit. Vivian was also selected to be present her research at ASPA’s 2017 International Young Scholars Workshop in Chennai, India. In 2017, Vivian was selected as an Equity and Inclusion Fellow by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).

Vivian’s research interest has lead to her work at FIU’s Metropolitan Center, a public policy think tank and for FIU’s Office of Research and Economic Development. While at the Metropolitan Center, Vivian was involved in the Miami-Dade County Prosperity Initiatives Feasibility Study, an anaylsis of Miami-Dade County’s economic challenges and opportunities. She is also involved with FIU’s application for the Innovation and Economic Prosperity Designation, awarded by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Vivian has also taught an undergraduate course in Urban and Regional Studies in public administration, and has served as teaching assistant in research methods at the masters level.