Communities, Culture & Engagement

Arizona Environment serves as a hub in a vast knowledge network that focuses on public engagement, collaborative solutions and communications at the community level. Through national, international and regional networks, programs and publications, we support resilient communities and preservation of their cultural and environmental heritage.

UArizona utilizes its network of knowledgeable faculty and staff to help people solve problems and to encourage joint learning between academics and local experts. Knowledge networks such as Arizona Cooperative Extension provide a link between the university and Arizona citizens to help communities across different cultures build thriving, sustainable livelihoods. Training programs at UArizona help educate professionals, decision-makers, volunteers, school children and community members about agriculture, sustainable gardening, water harvesting and reuse, traditional ecological knowledge, and more. We also offer educational programs designed to help teachers convey the principles of environmental science and stewardship to promote scientific literacy in Arizona classrooms.



Research Spotlights in Communities, Culture, & Engagement

Diane Austin

School of Anthropology & Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology

Austin is an applied environmental anthropologist, focusing on community dynamics amid large-scale industrial activity, alternative technologies to address environmental and social problems, environmental policy, and community-based, collaborative research and outreach

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Andrea Gerlak & Adriana Zuniga-Tera

School of Geography and Development & School of Landscape

Architecture and Planning & Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy  
Gerlak and Zuniga-Teran are working together to incorporate social inclusiveness and appropriateness in engineering assessments of green infrastructure to enhance urban resilience. 

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Stephanie Buechler

School of Geography and Development  

Buechler explores gender, livelihoods, and resilience to global climate change in rural, border, and low-income communities.

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Stephanie Russo Carroll

Native Nations Institute 

Carroll’s research explores the links between Indigenous governance, data, the environment, and community wellness.

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