Charles Redman

  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Founding Director, School of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Virginia M. Ullman Professor, Natural History and the Environment , School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University
School of Sustainability
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502
USA
480-965-2923
Email: charles.redman@asu.edu

Biography

Charles Redman has been committed to interdisciplinary research since as an archaeology graduate student he worked closely in the field with botanists, zoologists, geologists, art historians, and ethnographers. Redman received his BA from Harvard University, and his MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. He taught at New York University and at SUNY-Binghamton before coming to Arizona State University (ASU) in 1983. Since then, he served nine years as Chair of the Department of Anthropology, seven years as Director of the Center for Environmental Studies and, in 2004, was chosen to be the Julie Ann Wrigley Director of the newly formed Global Institute of Sustainability. From 2007-2010, Redman was the founding director of ASU's School of Sustainability. Redman's interests include human impacts on the environment, sustainable landscapes, rapidly urbanizing regions, urban ecology, environmental education, and public outreach. He is the author or co-author of 14 books including Explanation in Archaeology, The Rise of Civilization, People of the Tonto Rim, Human Impact on Ancient Environments and, most recently, co-edited four books: The Archaeology of Global Change, Applied Remote Sensing for Urban Planning, Governance and Sustainability, Agrarian Landscapes in Transition, and Polities and Power: Archaeological Perspectives on the Landscapes of Early States. Redman is currently working on building upon the extensive research portfolio of the Global Institute of Sustainability and teaching in the School of Sustainability, which is educating a new generation of leaders through collaborative learning, transdisciplinary approaches, and problem-oriented training to address the environmental, economic, and social challenges of the 21st Century.

Expertise

urban development; resilience and vulnerability; human-environment interactions; trade-offs in food and water production; archaeology; complex societies; land use change

Education

    Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1971

    M.A., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1969

    B.A., Physical Sciences, Harvard University, 1967

Journal Articles

In Press

Redman, C. L. In Press. Should sustainability and resilience be combined or remain distinct pursuits?. Ecology and Society

2011

Miller, T. R., T. A. Munoz-Erickson and C. L. Redman. 2011. Transforming knowledge for sustainability: Fostering adaptability in academic institutions. International Journal for Sustainability in Higher Education 12(2):177-192. DOI: 10.1108/14676371111118228.

Wiek, A. D., C. L. Redman and L. Withycombe. 2011. Moving forward on competencies in sustainability and problem solving. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 53(2):3-13.

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Books

2008

Redman, C. L. and D. R. Foster eds. 2008. Agrarian Landscapes in Transition: Comparisons of Long-Term Ecological and Cultural Change. Oxford University Press. New York.

Redman, C. L. and D. R. Foster eds. 2008. Agrarian Landscapes in Transition: Comparison of Long-Term Ecological and Cultural Change. Oxford University Press.

Redman, C. L. and D. R. Foster eds. 2008. Agrarian Landscapes in Transition: A Cross-Scale Approach. Oxford University Press.

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Book Chapters

2013

Elmqvist, T., C. L. Redman, S. Barthel, R. Costanza, R. I. McDonald, S. Parnall, M. Sendstad, M. Schewenius, K. C. Seto and C. Wilkinson. 2013. History of urbanization and the missing ecology. Pp. 13-30 In: Elmqvist, T., M. Fragkias, J. Goodness, B. Guneralp and P. J. Marcotullio eds., Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer.

Elmqvist, T., M. Fragkias, B. Guneralp, R. McDonald, P. Marcotullio, S. Parnell, K. Seto, M. Sendstad, C. Wilkinson, M. Alberti, C. Folke, J. Goodness, D. Haase, M. V. Katti, J. Niemela, H. Nagendra, M. Schewenius, K. Tidball, S. T. Pickett and C. L. Redman. 2013. Stewardship of the biosphere in the urban era. Pp. 719-746 In: Elmqvist, T., M. Fragkias, J. Goodness, B. Guneralp and P. J. Marcotullio eds., Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer.

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, C. G. Boone, D. L. Childers, S. L. Harlan and B. L. Turner II. 2013. Viewing the urban socioecological system through a sustainability lens: Lessons and prospects from the Central Arizona–Phoenix LTER Program. Pp. 217-246 In: Singh, S. J., H. Haberl, M. Chertow and M. Mirtl eds., Long Term Socio-Ecological Research. Springer.

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Posters

2010

Chuang, W. and C. L. Redman. 2010. Monitoring 1985-2005 residential land-use and land-cover change in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the January 14, 2010 12th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link)

2009

Grimm, N. B. and C. L. Redman. 2009. Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research. Estes Park, CO. Poster presented at 14-16 September 2009 LTER All Scientist Meeting, Integrating Science and Society in a World of Constant Change.

Miller, T., T. D. Baird, M. Caitlin, M. Littlefield, G. Kofinas, F. S. Chapin III and C. L. Redman. 2009. Epistemological pluralism: Reorganizing interdisciplinary research. Poster presented at February 13 at the Graduate in Earth, Life and Social Sciences Research Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe.

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Presentations

2012

Redman, C. L. 2012. Keynote speaker April 25, 2012 at The 2012 Annual Ph.D. Symposium: Urban Resilience. Presented by the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Redman, C. L. 2012. Incorporating the long term perspective into sustainability science. Presented May 16, 2012 at the 2012 LTER Executive Board and Science Council Meeting, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon, May 15-18, 2012.

2011

Redman, C. L. 2011. Integrated sustainability into the scientific networks. Keynote speech at CONACYT (The National Council on Science and Technology), November, 2011, Mexico.

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Newspaper Articles

2001

Redman, C. L. 2001. From the director's desk: Charles L. Redman. Center for Environmental Studies Newsletter 4(1):1.

2000

Redman, C. L. 2000. From the director's desk: Charles L. Redman. Center for Environmental Studies Newsletter 3(2):1.

Redman, C. L. 2000. From the director's desk: Charles L. Redman. Center for Environmental Studies Newsletter 3(3):1.

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Reports

2013

Larson, K. L., D. D. White, P. Gober, C. W. Kirkwood, V. K. Smith, M. C. Nelson, C. L. Redman and S. K. Wittlinger. 2013. Advancing science in support of water policy and urban climate change adaptation at Arizona State University’s Decision Center for a Desert City: A synthesis of interdisciplinary research on climate, water, and decision making under uncertainty. Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University. Technical Report 13-02. (link)

2007

Vajjhala, S., A. Krupnick, E. McCormick, J. Grove, P. McDowell, C. L. Redman, L. Shabman and M. Small. 2007. Rising to the challenge: Integrating social science into NSF environmental observatories. Resources for the Future.

2001

Grimm, N. B. and C. L. Redman. 2001. CAP LTER 1997-2000: Land-use change and ecological processes in an arid urban ecosystem in the Sonoran Desert. Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Report for NSF Site Visit Team. (link)

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