Rimjhim Aggarwal

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


PhD, Economics, Cornell University, 1995

MA, Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1989

BA, Economics, Delhi University, 1987

Journal Articles

In Press

Bausch, J. C., H. Eakin, S. Smith-Heisters, A. M. York, D. D. White, C. Rubinos and R. M. Aggarwal. In Press. Development pathways at the agriculture-urban interface: The case of Central Arizona. Agriculture and Human Values DOI: 10.1007/s10460-015-9589-8 .

Eakin, H., A. M. York, R. M. Aggarwal, S. Waters, J. Welch, C. Rubinos, S. Smith-Heisters, J. C. Bausch and J. M. Anderies. In Press. Cognitive and institutional influences on farmers’ adaptive capacity: Insights into barriers and opportunities for transformative change in Central Arizona. Regional Environmental Change


Zheng, B., S. W. Myint, P. S. Thenkabail and R. M. Aggarwal. 2015. A support vector machine to identify irrigated crop types using time-series Landsat NDVI data. International Journal of Apppled Earth Observation and Geoinformation (34):103-112. DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2014.07.002.

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Book Chapters

In Press

Aggarwal, R. M. and L. Haglund. In Press. Deepening our understanding of rights realization through disaggregation: the use of spatial and local data. In: Haglund, L. and R. Styker eds., Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Emerging Possibilities for Social Transformation. Cambridge University Press.


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.



Smith-Heisters, S., H. Eakin, A. York, R. Aggarwal and J. M. Anderies. 2015. Adaptation under uncertainty: An institutional analysis framework. Poster presented at the AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting, February 12-16, 2015, San Jose, CA.


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.

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Aggarwal, R. M. 2014. Regional development from the bottom-up. Presentation at the Global System Science Conference, Unpacking Green Growth: How Can It Become a New Lever to Accelerate Development in Poor Regions?, October 8, 2014, Tempe, Arizona and Lu'An, China.

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. 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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