Rachata Muneepeerakul

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, Mathematical, Computational, and Modeling Sciences Center
  • 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: Rachata.Muneepeerakul@asu.edu


Dr. Muneepeerakul has worked on a wide variety of problems pertaining to sustainability, ranging from life to social sciences.  His primary investigative tools are mathematical and computational models.  In particular, he is interested in dynamical models, complex networks, game theory, and stochastic processes.  His diverse research interests are reflected in the projects in which he is involved and his publication record.  An ongoing project (NSF-CNH) investigates how robust or vulnerable irrigation systems are with respect to rapid changes in disturbance regimes, both social and biophysical.  Another ongoing project (DoD-SERDP) addresses the biodiversity patterns of aquatic ecosystems in dryland streams whose challenging characteristics include pronounced hydrological seasonality and spatial heterogeneity.  In another project, he is investigating how to incorporate scaling properties of urban phenomena and complex network theory into investigation of sustainability.  Several other projects are under development, all of which share a common theme of inventing and blending concepts and analytical/computational techniques from different disciplines to achieve an insightful investigation.


ecohydrology; theoretical ecology; biodiversity; stochastic processes; modeling and simulation; ecosystem ecology; watershed hydrology; population biology; mathematical and system dynamics modeling; complex adaptive systems


PhD, Princeton University, 2007

MS, University of California-Berkeley, 2000

BEng, Chulalongkorn University, 1998

Journal Articles

In Press

Shutters, S. T., R. Muneepeerakul and J. Lobo. In Press. How hard is it for urban economies to become "green"?. Environment and Planning B Planning and Design


Shutters, S. T., R. Muneepeerakul and J. Lobo. 2015. Quantifying urban economic resilience through labour force interdependence. Palgrave Communications 1:Article 15010. DOI: 10.1057/palcomms.2015.10. (link)


Qubbaj, M. R., S. T. Shutters and R. Muneepeerakul. 2014. Living in a network of scaling cities and finite resources. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 77(2):390-407. DOI: 10.1007/s11538-014-9949-3. (link)

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Yu, D. J., M. R. Qubbaj, R. Muneepeerakul and J. M. Anderies. 2014. The effect of infrastructure on social-ecological system dynamics: Provision thresholds and asymmetric access. Presentation at the 2014 Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop, June 14, 2014, Bloomington, IN. (link)