Abigail York

Abigail York
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Associate Professor of Goverance and Public Policy, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Advisory Board Member, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Abigail.York@asu.edu
480-965-3113

School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
PO Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402

Dr. York's research interests include interjurisdictional governance, land use policy, housing provision and economic development. An ongoing project is development of a generalizable theory of cross-border coordination that helps to explain different environmental issues, such as wildlife and forest management, as well as coordination of urban growth and development. Her work has focused on collective action across borders, understanding urbanization, evaluation of land use institutions' impacts on the landscape and the dynamics of the local political economy. York currently co-teaches Institutions, Society and the Environment and is preparing for more courses on institutions and urban policy in the semesters to come, particularly those associated with the new Ph.D. in Environmental Social Science program. Before coming to ASU, York was an assistant professor in the Department of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She teaches Institutions, Environment and Society.

PhD, Human Dimensions of Global Change, Indiana University, 2005

BA, Economics with honors, Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 2000

Journal Articles

In Press

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

2014

Kane, K., J. Tuccillo, A. M. York, L. Gentile and Y. Ouyang. 2014. A spatio-temporal view of historical growth in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning 121(2014):70-80. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.08.011. (link)

Kane, K., A. M. York, J. Tuccillo, L. Gentile and Y. Ouyang. 2014. Residential development during the Great Recession: A shifting focus in Phoenix, Arizona. Urban Geography 35(4):486-507. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2014.910325. (link)

York, A., J. Tuccillo, B. Bolin, C. Boone, L. E. Gentile, B. Schoon and K. Kane. 2014. Zoning and land use: A tale of incompatibility and environmental injustice in early Phoenix. Journal of Urban Affairs 36(5):833-853. DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12076. (link)

2013

Childs, C., A. M. York, D. White, M. L. Schoon and G. S. Bodner. 2013. Navigating a murky adaptive comanagement governance network: Agua Fria watershed, Arizona, USA. Ecology and Society 18(4):Art. 11. DOI: 10.5751/ES-05636-180411. (link)

Wutich, A. Y., A. Brewis, A. M. York and R. Stotts. 2013. Rules, norms, and injustice: A cross-cultural study of perceptions of justice in water institutions. Society and Natural Resources 26(7):795-809. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2012.723302. (link)

Zhang, S., A. M. York, C. G. Boone and M. Shrestha. 2013. Methodological advances in the spatial analysis of land fragmentation. The Professional Geographer 65(3):512-526. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2012.700501. (link)

2012

Boone, C. G., E. M. Cook, S. J. Hall, M. L. Nation, N. B. Grimm, C. B. Raish, D. M. Finch and A. M. York. 2012. A comparative gradient approach as a tool to understanding and managing urban ecosystems. Urban Ecosystems 15(4):795-807. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-012-0240-9. (link)

Shrestha, M., A. M. York, C. G. Boone and S. Zhang. 2012. Land fragmentation due to rapid urbanization in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area: Analyzing the spatiotemporal patterns and drivers. Applied Geography 32(2):522-531. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.04.004. (link)

Wutich, A. Y., A. M. York, A. A. Brewis, R. Stotts and C. M. Roberts. 2012. Shared cultural norms for justice in water institutions: Results from Fiji, Ecuador, Paraguay, New Zealand, and the U.S. Journal of Environmental Management 113:370-376. (link)

2011

Schoon, M. L. and A. M. York. 2011. Cooperation across boundaries: The role of political entrepreneurs in environmental collaboration. Journal of Natural Resource Policy Research 3(2):113-123.

York, A. M., D. Barnett, A. Y. Wutich and B. Crona. 2011. Household bottled water consumption in Phoenix: A Lifestyle Choice. Water International 36(6):708-718. DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2011.610727. (link)

York, A. M. and M. L. Schoon. 2011. Collaboration in the shadow of the Wall: Shifting power in the borderlands. Policy Sciences 44:345-365.

York, A. M. and M. L. Schoon. 2011. Collective action on the Western range: Coping with external and internal threats. International Journal of the Commons 5(2):388-409. (link)

York, A. M., M. Shrestha, C. G. Boone, S. Zhang, J. Harrington, T. Prebyl, A. Swann, M. Agar, M. Antolin, B. Nolin, J. Wright and R. Skaggs. 2011. Land fragmentation under rapid urbanization: A cross-site analysis of southwestern cities. Urban Ecosystems 14(3):429-455. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-011-0157-8. (link)

York, A. M., M. E. Smith, B. W. Stanley, B. L. Stark, J. Novic, S. L. Harlan, G. L. Cowgill and C. G. Boone. 2011. Ethnic and class-based clusering through the ages: A transdisciplinary approach to urban social patterns. Urban Studies 48(11):2399-2415.

Book Chapters

2013

Bolin, B., J. Declet-Barretto, M. Hegmon, L. Meirotto and A. M. York. 2013. Double exposure in the Sunbelt: The sociospatial distribution of vulnerability in Phoenix, Arizona. Pp. 159-178 In: Boone, C. G. and M. Fragkias eds., Urbanization and Sustainability: Linking Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice and Global Environmental Change. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5666-3.

Wutich, A., A. Brewis, S. Sigurdsson, R. Stotts and A. York. 2013. Fairness and the human right to water: A preliminary cross-cultural theory. Pp. 220-238 In: Wagner, J. ed., The Social Life of Water in a Time of Crisis. Berghahn Books.

2012

York, A. M. and D. K. Munroe. 2012. Land-use institutions and natural resources in fast-growing communities at the urban-rural fringe. Pp. 295-318 In: Brondizio, E. and E. F. Moran eds., Human-Environment Interactions: Current and Future Directions. Vol 1. Springer Press. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4780-7_13.

Posters

2015

Kane, K. and A. M. York. 2015. Hazards of change: Agricultural land development near Phoenix, 1992-2014. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

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.

Smith-Heisters, S., H. Eakin, A. M. York, R. M. Aggarwal and J. M. Anderies. 2015. Adaptation under uncertainty: An institutional analysis framework. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 27, 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Sullivan, A., A. M. York and K. Hjelm. 2015. Understanding the impact of institutional heterogeneity on the management of the mile-a-minute weed in Chitwan, Nepal.. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

2014

Smith-Heisters, S., H. Eakin, A. York, R. Aggarwal and J. M. Anderies. 2014. Analyzing constraints on adaptation: Application of an institutional analysis framework to risk perception in Central Arizona agriculture. Poster presented at the AAAS 2014 Annual Meeting, Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation, February 13-17, 2014, Chicago, IL.

Smith-Heisters, S., H. Eakin, A. York, R. Aggarwal and J. M. Anderies. 2014. Analyzing constraints on adaptation: Application of an institutional analysis framework to risk perception in Central Arizona agriculture. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 28, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

2013

Bausch, J. C., C. Rubinos, H. Eakin, A. M. York and R. M. Aggarwal. 2013. Farmers’ resilience to socio-ecological change in Central Arizona. Poster presented February 17, 2013 at the Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) Session of the AAAS Annual Meeting, February 14-18, 2013, Boston, MA.

Bausch, J. C., C. Rubinos, H. Eakin, A. M. York and R. M. Aggarwal. 2013. Farmers’ resilience to socio-ecological change in Central Arizona. Poster presented on May 1, 2013 at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Bausch, J. C., C. Rubinos, H. Eakin, A. M. York and R. M. Aggarwal. 2013. Irrigated agriculture at the urban fringe: Farmers' resilience to socio-ecological change in central Arizona. Poster presented at the AAAS 2013 Annual Meeting: The Beauty and Benefits of Science, 17 February 2013, Boston, MA.

Brechbiel, E., S. Waters and A. M. York. 2013. Implementation of low impact development paving strategies in Central Arizona. Poster presented on May 1, 2013 at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Hall, S. J., B. Shrestha, S. T. Yabiku, J. E. Glick, A. M. York, D. Ghimire, L. An and S. Murphy. 2013. Human community dynamics and social-ecological vulnerability in a biodiversity hotspot. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Kane, K., A. M. York, J. Tuccillo, L. Gentile and Y. Ouyang. 2013. A spatio-temporal view of historical growth in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, 1915-1963. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Rosales Chavez, J., A. Y. Wutich, A. A. Brewis, A. M. York and R. Stotts. 2013. Rules, norms, and injustice: A cross-cultural study of perceptions of justice in water institutions. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Rubinos, C., A. M. York, H. Eakin, R. M. Aggarwal, J. C. Bausch, S. Smith-Heisters, S. Waters and J. M. Anderies. 2013. Water and agriculture in Central Arizona: Adapting to a new scenario. Poster presented at the Water Resources Research Center 2013 Annual Conference, March 5, 2013, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Smith-Heisters, S., A. M. York and J. C. Bausch. 2013. Private provisioning of public adaptation goods: The case of irrigated agriculture in Central Arizona. Poster presented 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, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Smith-Heisters, S., A. M. York and J. C. Bausch. 2013. Private provisioning of public adaptation goods: The case of irrigated agriculture in Central Arizona. Poster presented at the Water Resources Research Center 2013 Annual Conference, March 5, 2013, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

2012

Bausch, J. C., J. P. Connors, C. Rubinos, H. Eakin, R. M. Aggarwal and A. M. York. 2012. Agriculture around a desert city: Perspectives on decisions for water, land, and livelihoods. Poster presented at 13 January 2012 CAP LTER 14th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

Tuccillo, J., A. M. York, B. Bolin and B. Schoon. 2012. Zoning, land-use fragmentation and environmental justice in early Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented at 13 January 2012 CAP LTER 14th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

Zhang, S., C. G. Boone, S. B. Lerman and A. M. York. 2012. A multi-scale study of the relationship among land composition, land fragmentation,and bird biodiversity in the Phoenix area. Poster presented at 13 January 2012 CAP LTER 14th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

2011

Sigurdsson, S., R. Stotts, A. Y. Wutich, A. A. Brewis and A. M. York. 2011. Fairness and the human right to water: A preliminary cross-cultural theory. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the 12-13 January 2011 CAP LTER 13th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. (link)

Zhang, S., C. G. Boone and A. M. York. 2011. Impacts of land fragmentation on biodiversity in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the 12-13 January 2011 CAP LTER 13th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. (link)

2010

Zhang, S., A. M. York, C. G. Boone and M. Shrestha. 2010. Land fragmentation under rapid urbanization: A cross-site comparative analysis. 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.

2009

Conley, S., J. Helepololei and A. M. York. 2009. Trust land preservation, development, and direct democracy. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at 11th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Poster Symposium, January 15, 2009, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link)

Helepololei, J., S. Zhang and A. M. York. 2009. Patterns and institutions of land use on Indian Communities. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at 11th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Poster Symposium, January 15, 2009, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link)

Shrestha, M., S. Zhang, A. M. York, C. G. Boone, J. Wright, J. Harrington, M. Antolin, B. Nolen, T. Prebyl, M. Agar and A. Swann. 2009. Socioecological gradients and land fragmentation: A cross-site comparative analysis. Estes Park, CO. Poster presented at 14-16 September 20009 LTER All Scientists Meeting, Integrating Science and Society in a World of Constant Change.

Zhang, S., M. Shrestha, A. M. York and C. G. Boone. 2009. Socioecological gradients and land fragmentation in Central Arizona-Phoenix. Estes Park, CO. Poster presented at 14-16 September 20009 LTER All Scientists Meeting, Integrating Science and Society in a World of Constant Change.

Zhang, S., A. M. York and C. G. Boone. 2009. Monitoring landscape fragmentation with rapid urbanization in the Central Arizona - Phoenix region. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at 11th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Poster Symposium, January 15, 2009, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link)

Presentations

2015

Hopkins, K. G., N. B. Grimm and A. M. York. 2015. Replumbing cities from gray to green: Exploring controls on stormwater infrastructure transitions. Presentation at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link)

2014

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.

2013

Bausch, J. C., H. Eakin, C. Rubinos, A. M. York, S. Smith-Heisters and R. M. Aggarwal. 2013. Pathways to sustainability at the agriculture-urban interface: The case of Central Arizona. Paper presented April 12, 2013 at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, April 9-13, 2013, Los Angeles, CA.

2012

Eakin, H., R. M. Aggarwal, A. M. York, J. C. Bausch and C. Rubinos. 2012. Irrigated agriculture, water institutions and adaptation in urbanizing Arizona. Presented May 31, 2012 at Adaptation Futures, 2012 International Conference on Climate Adaptation, May 28-31, 2012, Tucson, AZ.

Eakin, H., S. Smith-Heisters, A. M. York, J. C. Bausch, R. M. Aggarwal and C. Rubinos. 2012. Irrigated agriculture, water institutions, and adaptation in urbanizing Arizona. Presentation at the Climate Adaptation Futures: Second International Climate Adaptation Conferences 2012, 31 May 2012, Tucson, AZ.

York, A. M., H. Eakin, S. Smith-Heisters and J. C. Bausch. 2012. Private provisioning of public adaptation goods: The case of irrigated agriculture in Central Arizona. Presented November 12, 2012 at The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Indiana University.

2011

Wutich, A. Y., A. A. Brewis, S. Sigurdsson, R. Stotts and A. M. York. 2011. Fairness and the human right to water: A preliminary cross-cultural theory. Presented March 14, 2011 at Resilience 2011—Resilience, Innovation, and Sustainability: Navigating the Complexities of Global Change, Second International Science and Policy Conference, Tempe, AZ.

York, A. M., S. Zhang and C. G. Boone. 2011. Groundwater in the desert: Phoenician policy, growth, and land fragmentation. Presented June 24, 2011 at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting, Burlington, VT.

2010

Shrestha, M. A., A. M. York, S. Zhang and C. G. Boone. 2010. Rapid urbanization and land fragmentation in the US Southwest: A socio-ecological gradient analysis. Tempe, AZ. Presentation at the 15-19 October 2010 International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change -- The Global Land Project.

Zhang, S. and A. M. York. 2010. The roles of coupled land and water institution in land system change. Presented October 17, 2010 at the International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Zhang, S., A. M. York, C. G. Boone and M. Shrestha. 2010. Water provisioning as a driving force of land fragmentation in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Presented April 16, 2010 as part of an Interactive Short Paper Session at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington DC.

2009

Shrestha, M., A. M. York, C. G. Boone and S. Zhang. 2009. A cross-site comparative analysis of land fragmentation, Part 1 and Part 2. Estes Park, CO. Working group organizer report presented at 14-16 September 20009 LTER All Scientists Meeting, Integrating Science and Society in a World of Constant Change.