Rimjhim Aggarwal

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Chair, Undergraduate Standards Committee, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502
Email: Rimjhim.Aggarwal@asu.edu


Dr. Aggarwal's research and teaching interests lie at the interface between sustainability science and international development. A central focus of her research has been on examining the links between globalization, resilience of social-ecological systems, and human well being. In current research she is examining the emerging conflicts in the framing of water as a human right as well as an economic, ecological and social good in rapidly urbanizing regions, with focus on Delhi, São Paulo and Johannesburg. She is also currently engaged in research projects examining the impacts of globalization and climate change on agricultural and water governance, farm livelihoods, and food security in India, Nepal, Thailand, and Arizona. Dr. Aggarwal has also worked as a senior consultant for the United Nations University's World Institute for Development Economics Research and the World Bank. In recognition of her efforts in "use-inspired research" and "community outreach," Dr. Aggarwal was awarded the Arizona State University President's Award for Sustainability in 2010.


resource economics; water conflicts; poverty; water resource management; agriculture; bioeconomics; climate change impacts; decision-making; economic adaptation and climate change; econometrics; economic development; ecosystem services; environmental policy; urban development


    Ph.D., Economics, Cornell University, 1995

    M.A., Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1989

    B.A., Economics, Delhi University, 1987

Journal Articles


Aggarwal, R. M. 2013. Strategic bundling of development policies with adaptation: An examination of Delhi climate change action plan. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37(6):1902-1915. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12032. (link)

Hummel, D., S. Adamo, A. de Sherbinin, L. Murphy, R. M. Aggarwal, L. Zulu, J. Liu and K. Knight. 2013. Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to population-environment research for sustainability aims: A review and appraisal. Population and Environment 34(4):481-509. DOI: 10.1007/s11111-012-0176-2. (link)


Aggarwal, R. M., S. Guhathakurta, S. Grossman-Clarke and V. Lathey. 2012. How do variations in urban heat islands in space and time influence household water use? The case of Phoenix, Arizona. Water Resources Research 48:W06518. DOI: 10.1029/2011WR010924. (link)

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Book Chapters


Aggarwal, R. M. and C. Taylor. 2012. Sustainable agricultural systems for cities. Pp. 185-206 In: Pijawka, K. and M. A. Gromulat eds., Understanding Sustainable Cities: Concepts, Cases, and Solutions. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.


Heinrichs, D., R. M. Aggarwal, J. Barton, E. Bharucha, C. Butsch, M. Fragkias, P. Johnston, F. Kraas, K. Krellenberg, A. Lampis, O. G. Ling and J. Vogel. 2011. Adapting cities to climate change: Opportunities and constraints. Pp. 193-224 In: Hoonweg, D., M. Freira, R. M. Lee, P. Bhada and B. Yuen eds., Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda. World Bank.



Fan, C., B. Zheng, S. W. Myint and R. M. Aggarwal. 2014. Changes in cropping intensity in Phoenix, Arizona and its implications for future agricultural water use. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Kaba, E., R. Aggarwal, S. Smith-Heisters and C. Rubinos. 2014. Decision making in irrigation districts under uncertainty. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 28, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Kaba, E., R. M. Aggarwal, S. Smith-Heisters and C. Rubinos. 2014. Decision making within irrigation districts in central Arizona. Poster presented at the Celebrating Honors Symposium of Research and Creative Projects, April 9, 2014, Barrett, The Honors College, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

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Smith-Heisters, S., H. Eakin, A. M. York, J. M. Anderies and R. M. Aggarwal. 2014. Analyzing constraints on adaptation: Application of an institutional analysis framework. Presentation at the Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop (WOW5), June 18-21, 2014, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.


Aggarwal, R. M. 2013. Leveraging the water-energy-food nexus for a sustainability transition: Institutional and policy design choices in a fragmented world. Presentation at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 9-13, 2013, San Francisco, CA.

Aggarwal, R. M. 2013. Exploring the challenges of food-water-energy nexus. Presentation at the Adapting to a Water-Stressed West, American Association for the Advancement of Science Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division (AAAS-SWARM) Water Forum, November 4, 2013, Tempe, AZ.

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