Marty Anderies

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate Director, School of Sustainability

Arizona State University
School of Sustainability
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


Dr. Anderies' research interests focus on developing an understanding of how ecological, behavioral, social, and institutional factors affect the robustness/vulnerability characteristics of social-ecological systems. His work combines qualitative insights from present-day, historical, and archaeological case studies of social-ecological systems with formal mathematical modeling and experiments with human subjects to study how individual decision-making processes interact with governance regimes to influence social and environmental outcomes. Other areas of interest include economic growth, demographics, and theoretical ecology. Dr. Anderies teaches Dynamic Modeling in Social and Ecological Systems; Dynamic Modeling for Sustainability Science, Collective Action and Decision Making for Sustainability, and Rules, Games, and Society.


human ecology; mathematical bioeconomics; modeling and simulation; resource governance; agrarian societies; bioeconomics; dynamical systems theory; economic development; natural resource management


    Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, University of British Columbia, 1998

    M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of British Columbia, 1996

    B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1987

Journal Articles

In Press

Anderies, J. M., M. Janssen, S. Lee and H. Wasserman. In Press. Environmental variability and collective action: Experimental insights from an irrigation game. Ecological Economics


Anderies, J. M., C. Folke, B. H. Walker and E. Ostrom. 2013. Aligning key concepts for global change policy: Robustness, resilience, and sustainability. Ecology and Society 18(2):Art. 8. DOI: 10.5751/ES{05178{180208. (link)


Anderies, J. M. and M. A. Janssen. 2012. Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012): Pioneer in the interdisciplinary science of coupled social-ecological systems. PLoS Biology 10(10):e1001405. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001405. (link)

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Walker, B. H., J. M. Anderies, A. P. Kinzig and P. Ryan eds. 2006. REQUIRED_VALUE. CSIRO Publishing. Collingwood, Australia.

Book Chapters


Nelson, M. C., M. Hegmon, K. W. Kintigh, A. P. Kinzig, B. A. Nelson, J. M. Anderies, D. A. Abbott, K. A. Spielmann, S. E. Ingram, M. A. Peeples, S. A. Kulow, C. A. Strawhacker and C. A. Meegan. 2012. Long-term vulnerability and resilience: Three examples from archaeological study in the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico. In: Cooper, J. and P. Sheets eds., Learning to Live with Climate Change: Understanding Hazards, Mitigating Impacts, Avoiding Disasters.


Eakin, H., E. L. Tompkins, D. Nelson and J. M. Anderies. 2009. Hidden costs and disparate uncertainties: Trade-offs involved in approaches to climate policy. Pp. 212-226 In: Adger, W., I. Lorenzoni and K. Obrien eds., Adapting to Climate Change: Thresholds, Values, Governances. Cambridge University Press.


Anderies, J. M. and J. Norberg. 2008. Observing, understanding, and acting: Information processing for navigating social-ecological systems. Pp. 155-178 In: Norberg, J. and G. S. Cumming eds., Complexity Theory for a Sustainable Future. Columbia University Press.

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Smith-Heisters, S., H. Eakin, A. York, R. Aggarwal and J. M. Anderies. 2014. Application of an institutional analysis framework. Poster presented at the AAAS 2014 Annual Meeting, Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation, February 13-17, 2014, Chicago, IL.


Rubinos, C., A. M. York, H. Eakin, R. M. Aggarwal, J. C. Bausch, S. Smith-Heisters, S. Waters and J. M. Anderies. 2013. Water and agriculture in Central Arizona: Adapting to a new scenario. Poster presented at the Water Resources Research Center 2013 Annual Conference, March 5, 2013, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.


Cardenas, E. and J. M. Anderies. 2010. No hemisphere left behind: Working across the boundary of art and science. Poster presented on May 5, 2010 at the Community of Undergraduate/Graduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

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Aggarwal, R. M. and J. M. Anderies. 2012. How we become victims of our own success: Case study analysis of exemplar social-ecological systems under globalization and climate change. Presented as part of a panel discussion When Strengths Can Become Weaknesses: Emerging Vulnerabilities in Exemplar Social-Ecological Systems under Globalization and Climate Change on May 29, 2012 at Adaptation Futures: Second International Climate Change.

Anderies, J. M. 2012. Governance and the capacity of small-scale social-ecological systems to adapt to global change. Invited presentation at the 11 May 2012 National Academy of Science Sustainability Symposium: Science, Innovation, and Partnership for Sustainability Solutions. The National Academy of Science, Washington, D.C.

Anderies, J. M. 2012. The SES framework and public policy. Invited participant at 5 October 2012 Workshop on New Policy Theories, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado-Denver.

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