Nalini Chhetri

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Lecturer, School of Sustainability
  • Climate Change Science Manager, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402


Nalini Chhetri holds a dual appointment with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability. She is a Climate Change Science Manager with the Institute and a lecturer with the School. She holds a doctorate in education policy studies and a Master of Science degree in cyto-genetics. She is affiliated with the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes of ASU; was a lecturer with ASU's School of Letters and Sciences for five years, and has been with the Global Resolve program in the College of Technology and Innovation at ASU; and was a fellow at the Population Reference Bureau, a think-tank based in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering academics, Dr. Chhetri's professional career, for over a decade, was primarily in sustainable development working for international nongovernmental organizations in Nepal, India and Thailand, work which has continued partially in her academic partnership with Global Resolve, School of Sustainability and CSPO, taking her to Ghana, Mexico and Vietnam. She has regularly consulted for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Dr. Chhetri's academic and research interests center around climate change, science policy, sustainable development, technology and development in developing nations, participatory research, education, civil society, demography, and alternate knowledge systems.


climate change adaptation; science policy; technology and development; comparative and international education; civil society and NGOs; sustainable development; demography of women and children in developing nations; alternate knowledge systems; participatory research; citizen engagement; environmental humanities; humanism


PhD, Education Policy and Comparative International Education, Pennsylvania State University, 2005

MS, Cyto-genetics, University of North Bengal, 1987

BS (with honors), Zoology, University of North Bengal, 1984

Journal Articles

In Press

Middel, A., N. Chhetri and R. Quay. In Press. Urban forestry and cool roofs: Assessment of heat mitigation strategies in Phoenix residential neighborhoods. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening

Book Chapters


O'Neill, D., J. H. Takamura Jr., N. Chhetri, M. Henderson and B. Rogers. 2012. Frugal Innovation. Pp. 96-113 In: Colledge, T. H. ed., Convergence: Philosophies and Pedagogies for Developing the Next Generation of Humanitarian Engineers an Social Entrepreneurs. International Journal of Service Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship. (link)



Middel, A., N. J. Selover, N. Chhetri, B. Hagen, B. Mackowski and C. J. Sisodiya. 2015. Microclimate effects of photovoltaic canopies: Ongoing research projects. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdlae, AZ. (link)



Rogers, B., N. Chhetri, M. R. Henderson, K. D. Hristovski, B. L. Ruddell and J. H. Takamura. 2013. A systematic methodology for the development of enterprise at the base of the economic pyramid. Presentation at the 2013 ASEE International Forum, June 22, 2013, Atlanta, GA. (link)

White, D. D., R. Quay, D. B. Ferguson, J. L. Buizer, Z. Guido and N. Chhetri. 2013. Linking climate change science and adaptation policy at the community scale through anticipatory governance: A review of concepts with application to Arizona communities. Presentation at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 9-13, 2013, San Francisco, CA.


McClintock, S. and N. Chhetri. 2012. Communicating climate science to stakeholders: Tilting scientific language toward common English. Presentation at the Culture, Politics, and Climate Change, 13--15 September 2012, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.



Middel, A. and N. Chhetri. 2014. City of Phoenix Cool Urban Spaces Project—Urban forestry and cool roofs: Assessment of heat mitigation strategies in Phoenix. Center for Integrated Solutions to Climate Challenges, Arizona State University.