David Manuel-Navarrete

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, 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: davidmn@asu.edu


Dr. Manuel-Navarrete began as a consultant for the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribbean in 2004. In 2007, he joined King's College in London as a research associate in the Department of Geography. Later on in 2010, Manuel-Navarrete was a visiting researcher for Free University of Berlin and Ibero-American Institute in Germany.

Manuel-Navarrete's recent research investigated climate change governance, socio-ecological inequality, and knowledge systems for sustainable agriculture. He is currently exploring how the boundaries produced by tourism urbanization regulate the access of diverse social groups to ecosystem services in coastal regions. Understanding how socio-ecological boundaries are managed, and eventually transformed, by boundary spanning individuals/objects/organizations is key to achieving sustainability goals. Manuel-Navarrete has participated in several international and interdisciplinary research projects and assessments involving case studies in Argentina, Brazil, Central America, and Mexico. He has published numerous books, chapters, and journal articles about sustainable food systems, adaptation to climate change, ecological integrity and more.


just societies; cultural and consciousness transformation; environmental sciences; ecological economics; agriculture sustainability; global environmental change; environmental policy assessment; boundary spanning organizations; urban tourism; urban social-ecological systems; Latin America


PhD, Geography, University of Waterloo, 2004

MS, Ecological Economics, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2000

BA, Environnmental Sciences, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 1998

Journal Articles

In Press

Manuel-Navarrete, D. In Press. Review of "Climate Change and Society" (by John Urry). Social and Cultural Geography


Manuel-Navarrete, D. and G. Gallopin. 2012. Feeding the world sustainability: Knowledge governance and sustainable agriculture in the Argentine pampas. Environment, Development and Sustainability 14:321-333. DOI: DOI: 10.1007/s10668-011-9326-4.


Manuel-Navarrete, D., M. Pelling and M. Redclift. 2011. Critical adaptation to hurricanes in the Mexican Carribean: Development visions, governance structures, and coping strategies. Global Environmental Change 21:249-258.

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Pellings, M., D. Manuel-Navarrete and M. Redclift eds. 2012. Climate Change and the Crisis of Capitalism: A Chance to Reclaim Self, Society and Nature. Routledge. London.


Redclift, M., D. Manuel-Navarrete and M. Pelling. 2011. Climate Change and Human Security: The Challenge of Local Governance under Rapid Urbanization. Edward Elgar. Cheltenham.


Manuel-Navarrete, D. and G. Gallopin. 2007. Policy Integration, Sustainability and Agriculturalization in the Argentine Pampas and Extra-Pampean Regions. ECLAC. Santiago de Chile (Spanish).

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Book Chapters


Mahanti, A. and D. Manuel-Navarrete. 2015. From sustainable development to governance for sustainability. Pp. Chapter 28 In: Redclift, M. and D. Springett eds., Routledge International Handbook of Sustainable Development. Routledge, Taylor & Frances Group.


Manuel-Navarrete, D. 2014. Human environmental integration and social power in global environmental change research. Pp. Chapter 27 In: Sygna, L., K. O'Brien and J. Wolf eds., A Changing Environment for Human Security: Transformative Approaches to Research, Policy, and Action. Routledge.


Manuel-Navarrete, D. 2012. The ideology of growth, tourism and alienation in Akumal, Mexico. Pp. 143-156 In: Pelling, M., D. Manuel-Navarrete and M. Redclift eds., Climate Change and the Crisis of Capitalism: A Change to Reclaim Self, Society and Nature. Routledge.

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Manuel-Navarrete, D. 2006. Addressing global change through the application of syndromes of sustainable development: The case of the Argentine pampas. Poster presented a the 9-12 November 2006 Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) Open Meeting on Global Environmental Change, Beijing, China.



Manuel-Navarrete, D. 2011. Syndromes of sustainability and power. Presentation at the 30 May 2011 IGBP/LOICZ Resilience and Transformation: Megacities and the Coast Workshop, King's College, London, UK.

Manuel-Navarrete, D. 2011. Uneven tourism growth and self-alienation in Akumal, Mexico. Presentation at the 3 July 2011 IV International Critical Tourism Studies Conference, Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, Cardiff, UK.


Manuel-Navarrete, D. 2009. Governance as process: Power spheres and climate change response in the Mexican caribbean. Presentation at the 2-4 December 2009 IHDP Conference on Earth System Govenance: People, Places, and the Planet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Manuel-Navarrete, D. and S. Anta. 2007. Conservacao da Natureza e Biodiversidade (Analise Ambiental e de Sustentabilidade do Estado do Amazonas. ECLAC.