Hallie Eakin

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability

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


Dr. Eakin's recent research investigated economic globalization, agricultural change, and rural vulnerability to climate in the context of comparative international projects involving case studies in Mexico, Argentina, Guatemala, and Honduras. She is currently exploring coffee farmers' adaptive strategies in Mexico and Central America. Dr. Eakin has consulted with the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency on projects in agricultural development, the use of seasonal forecasting in drought risk mitigation, and adaptation to anticipated climate-change impacts on urban water availability. She teaches courses on sustainable worlds.


Latin America; Mexico; agrarian change; climate change; food systems; globalization; vulnerability; adaptation


    Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2002

    M.A., University of Arizona, 1998

    B.A., Brown University, 1993

Journal Articles


Eakin, H., J. C. Bausch and S. Sweeney. 2013. Agrarian Winners of Neoliberal Reform: The ‘Maize Boom’ of Sinaloa, Mexico. Journal of Agrarian Change DOI: 10.1111/joac.12005. (link)


Eakin, H. and K. Appendini. 2008. Livelihood change, farming, and managing flood risk in the Lerma Valley, Mexico. Agriculture and Human Values 25(4):555-566. DOI: 10.1007/s10460-008-9140-2. (link)

Eakin, H. and L. Bojorquez-Tapia. 2008. Insights into the composition of household vulnerability from multicriteria decision analysis. Global Environmental Change 18(1):112-127. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2007.09.001. (link)

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Book Chapters


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.


Eakin, H., M. Webbe, C. Avila, G. Sanchez Torres, L. Bojorquez-Tapia and J. Pulhin. 2008. Social vulnerability of farmers in Mexico and Argentina. Pp. 257-278 In: Leary, N., C. Conde, J. Kulkarni and A. Nyong eds., Climate Change and Vulnerability. Earthscan.



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.


Bausch, J. C., C. Rubinos, H. Eakin, A. M. York and R. M. Aggarwal. 2013. Irrigated agriculture at the urban fringe: Farmers' resilience to socio-ecological change in central Arizona. Poster presented at the AAAS 2013 Annual Meeting: The Beauty and Benefits of Science, 17 February 2013, Boston, MA.

Bausch, J. C., C. Rubiños, H. Eakin, A. M. York and R. M. Aggarwal. 2013. Farmers' resilience to socio-ecological change in Central Arizona. Poster presented February 17, 2013 at the Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) Session of the AAAS Annual Meeting, February 14-18, 2013, Boston, MA.

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Bausch, J. C., H. Eakin, C. Rubinos, A. M. York, S. Smith-Heisters and R. M. Aggarwal. 2013. Pathways to sustainability at the agriculture-urban interface: The case of Central Arizona. Paper presented April 12, 2013 at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, April 9-13, 2013, Los Angeles, CA.

Eakin, H., D. R. Nelson and M. C. Lemos. 2013. Pathways to sustainable adaptive development in an era of climate change. Presentation at the Transformation in a Changing Climate International Conference, June 19-21, 2013, Oslo, Norway.


Eakin, H., R. M. Aggarwal, A. M. York, J. C. Bausch and C. Rubinos. 2012. Irrigated agriculture, water institutions and adaptation in urbanizing Arizona. Presented May 31, 2012 at Adaptation Futures, 2012 International Conference on Climate Adaptation, May 28-31, 2012, Tucson, AZ.

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