Wie Yusuf is a policy scholar who focuses on policy issues that emerge at the intersection of governments, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, businesses, and civil society. These not only include issues that are inter-governmental and multi-sectoral, but also issues that address the interactions between citizens and governments, such as transparency, accountability, and citizen participation.
Her early research on entrepreneurship policy and economic development was driven by her MBA coursework and her work experience in a technology business incubator. Her dissertation focused on the effectiveness of government policies to support private sector entrepreneurship. This dissertation has resulted in several publications focusing on entrepreneurship policy and entrepreneurial support.
Her research has broadened - thanks to the Univ. of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration influence - to include public finance, with an emphasis on transportation. Her work on the motor fuel tax, state infrastructure banks, and the inter-governmental nature of highway finance are examples of her research in a policy area that is increasingly becoming multi-sectoral and inter-governmental.
More recently, her research has focused on government transparency and accountability to citizens, and citizen participation in government. Having resided in Norfolk, Virginia for the last five years, she has become interested in the topic of climate change and sea level rise (SLR). She is actively engaged in ODU's Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative and is conducting interdisciplinary research on state-level SLR policy, SLR risk communication, industry perceptions of SLR, and developing a mitigation and adaptation framework.