Global & International Environmental Solutions

Arizona Environment creates knowledge for action in order to solve the world’s complex problems in culturally, environmentally, and just ways. Our students and faculty meet this goal by creating, translating, and sharing knowledge of the connected human and natural systems, and we focus on collaborative processes, science-based solutions, and a commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

UArizona’s international research and service focuses on understanding decision-making and the role of information in it, the contextual conditions that create different impacts to the same hazard, and identifying the capabilities that that facilitate the resilience to social and environmental change. We address these and other issues in regions where health, disaster preparedness, and economic development are paramount challenges. We work collaboratively to define environmental problems, design research, and create solutions, and create tools such as early warning systems, data visualizations, and adaptation options. We also design, conduct, and evaluate capacity building and training programs to enhance adaptive learning.

Research Spotlights in Global & International Environmental Solutions


Larry Fisher

School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Fisher is developing a payment for ecosystem services program to support watershed and forest restoration in Indonesia. 

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Katherine Snyder

School of Geography and Development

Snyder has been researching sustainable agricultural development in East Africa and how rural land users' livelihoods and decisions are shaped by a broad set of political, economic and environmental factors.

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Timothy Finan

Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology & School of Anthropology

Finan’s research specializes on food and livelihood security as well as cooperativism and sustainability in the rural developing world. 

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James Buizer

Arizona Institutes for Resilience & School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Buizer develops and evaluates mechanisms to incorporate scientifically based findings of projected impacts of climate variability and change into development decisions. 

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