Charles Redman

  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley 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
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

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


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 Julie Ann Wrigley 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.


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


PhD, Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1971

MA, Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1969

BA, Physical Sciences, Harvard University, 1967

Journal Articles


Redman, C. L. 2014. Should sustainability and resilience be combined or remain distinct pursuits?. Ecology and Society 19(2):37. DOI: 10.5751/ES-06390-190237. (link)


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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Redman, C. L. and D. R. Foster eds. 2008. Agrarian Landscapes in Transition. Oxford University Press.

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

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

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Book Chapters


Redman, C. L. 2015. Earliest urbanism. Pp. Chapter 4 In: Pijawka, D. ed., Sustainability in the 21st Century: Pathways, Programs, and Policies. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.


Boone, C. G., C. L. Redman, H. Blanco, D. Haase, J. Koch, S. Lwasa, H. Nagendra, S. Pauleit, S. T. Pickett, K. C. Seto and M. Yokohari. 2014. Reconceptualzing land for sustainable urbanity. Pp. 313-330 In: Seto, K. C. and A. Reenberg eds., Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era. Vol 14. MIT Press.


Elmqvist, T., M. Fragkias, B. Guneralp, R. McDonald, P. J. 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.

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Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, M. Chester, D. Iwaniec, P. T. McPhearson, T. R. Miller and T. A. Munoz-Erickson. 2015. Urban resilience to extremes: A proposed Sustainability Research Network. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)


Jones, M., M. Holmes and C. Redman. 2014. How much of the City of Goodyear is covered by trees?. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 28, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.


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)

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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.

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. 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


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


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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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)


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.


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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