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Bob Bolin

Bob Bolin
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

bob.bolin@asu.edu
480-965-6421

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

Dr. Bolin's academic background is interdisciplinary in sociology and geography with a focus on socioenvironmental transformations. He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder (Ph.D., 1976). His primary graduate training was in environmental sociology, hazards geography, urban geography and social theory. Most of his funded research since graduate school has focused on environmental issues, including hazards, disasters and the dynamics of social inequality and marginalization in the production of environmental inequality. Bolin spent the bulk of his career, prior to coming to Arizona State University, at New Mexico State University, where he progressed through the ranks in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He served as chair of that department for four years in the 1990s and moved to Arizona State University in January 1998, joining the Department of Sociology. In fall 2004, Bolin transferred to the Department of Anthropology to better pursue his environmental research and teaching agenda in a more supportive and congenial departmental setting. Bolin is the director of the doctoral program in environmental social science.

PhD, University of Colorado, 1976

BA, Sociology, University of Colorado, 1971

Journal Articles

2014

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 )

2010

Bolin, B., M. Seetharam and B. J. Pompeii. 2010. Water resources, climate change, and urban vulnerability: A case study of Phoenix, Arizona. Local Environment 15(3):261-279. (link )

Cutts, B. B., T. A. Munoz-Erickson, K. J. Darby, M. W. Neff, E. K. Larson, B. Bolin and A. Y. Wutich. 2010. Ego network properties as a way to reveal conflict in collaboration's clothing. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences 4:93-101. DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.07.486. (link )

Munoz-Erickson, T. A., B. B. Cutts, E. K. Larson, M. W. Neff, K. J. Darby, B. Bolin and A. Y. Wutich. 2010. Spanning boundaries in an Arizona watershed partnership: Information networks as tools for entrenchment or ties for collaboration?. Ecology and Society 15(3):Art. 22. (link )

2008

Bolin, B., T. W. Collins and K. Darby. 2008. Fate of the Verde: Water, environmental conflict and the politics of scale in Arizona's Central Highlands. Geoforum 39(3):1494-1511. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2008.02.003.

2007

Collins, T. W. and B. Bolin. 2007. Characterizing vulnerability to water scarcity: The case of a groundwater dependent, rapidly urbanizing region. Environmental Hazards 7:399-418.

Grineski, S. E., B. Bolin and C. G. Boone. 2007. Criteria air pollution and marginalized populations: Environmental inequity in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Social Science Quarterly 88(2):535-554. (link )

2006

Kirby, A. M., S. L. Harlan, L. Larsen, E. J. Hackett, B. Bolin, A. L. Nelson, T. R. Rex and S. Wolf. 2006. Examining the significance of housing enclaves in the metropolitan United States of America. Housing, Theory and Society 23(1):19-33. DOI: 10.1080/14036090500435995. (link )

2005

Bolin, B., S. E. Grineski and T. W. Collins. 2005. Geography of despair: Environmental racism and the making of south Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Human Ecology Review 12(2):155-167. (link )

2004

Larsen, L., S. L. Harlan, B. Bolin, E. J. Hackett, D. Hope, A. M. Kirby, A. L. Nelson, T. R. Rex and S. Wolf. 2004. Bonding and bridging: Understanding the relationship between social capital and civic action. Journal of Planning Education and Research 24(1):64-77. (link )

2002

Bolin, B., A. L. Nelson, E. J. Hackett, K. Pijawka, C. S. Smith, D. Sicotte, E. K. Sadalla, E. Matranga and M. O'Donnell. 2002. The ecology of technological risk in a Sunbelt city. Environment and Planning A 34(2):317-339. DOI: 10.1068/a3494. (link )

2000

Bolin, B., E. Matranga, E. J. Hackett, E. K. Sadalla, K. Pijawka, D. Brewer and D. Sicotte. 2000. Environmental equity in a Sunbelt city: The spatial distribution of toxic hazards in Phoenix, Arizona. Environmental Hazards 2(1):11-24. DOI: 10.1016/S1464-2867(00)00010-3. (link )

Book Chapters

In Press

Bolin, B., S. E. Grineski and E. J. Hackett. Environmental injustice in the urban Southwest: A case study of Phoenix, Arizona. In: Malloy, R., F. Brock, A. Floyd, E. Livingston and R. Webb eds., Design with the Desert: Conservation and Sustainable Development. Taylor and Frances.

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. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York, London. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5666-3.

2004

Bolin, B. and T. W. Collins. 2004. Earthquakes, vulnerability and disaster. In: Rodrigue, C. and E. Rodai eds., Earthquakes. Routledge. New York.

Posters

2013

Gentile, L., J. Tuccillo, K. K. Parady and B. Bolin. 2013. Desertification in the central city: A political ecology of the environmental change in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

2012

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 )

2009

Covert, M. and B. Bolin. 2009. Does converting land from agricultural to urban use save water?. Poster presented on May 6, 2009 at the Community of Undergraduate/Graduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Cutts, B. B., T. A. Munoz-Erickson, K. J. Darby, M. W. Neff, E. K. Larson, B. Bolin and A. Y. Wutich. 2009. Ego network properties as a way to reveal conflict in collaboration's clothing. Poster presented at the August 17, 2009 Applications of Social Network Analysis, Zurich, Switzerland.

2008

Seetharam, M., B. Bolin, B. J. Pompeii and P. Gober. 2008. Water resources, climate changes and institutional vulnerability: A case study of Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented 10 January 2008 at the CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Zautner, L., K. L. Larson and B. Bolin. 2008. Water vulnerability on the urban periphery: The case of metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2007

Declet, J., B. Bolin and C. G. Boone. 2007. Environmental inequity in the Phoenix metropolitan statistical area, 1990 and 2000. Poster presented at the January 10, 2007 CAP LTER Ninth Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.. (link )

Smith, C., L. Zautner, K. L. Larson and B. Bolin. 2007. Water vulnerability on the urban periphery: The case of metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the February 17, 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Francisco, CA. (link )

Smith, J., L. Zautner, K. L. Larson and B. Bolin. 2007. Water vulnerability on the urban periphery: The case of metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the January 10, 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Zautner, L., K. L. Larson and B. Bolin. 2007. Water vulnerability on the urban periphery: The case of metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, Boulder, CO. July 8-11, 2007.

2006

Collins, T. W., B. Bolin, Y. Youngs and M. Tluczek. 2006. Peri-urban growth, water conflicts, and vulnerability in the Verde watershed. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, J. M. Briggs, C. Gries, M. M. Elser, B. Bolin, J. O. Allen, S. L. Harlan, S. H. Faeth, J. M. Anderies, J. C. Stutz, C. A. Martin, P. K. Westerhoff, R. Arrowsmith, J. A. Zehnder, J. Wu and A. P. Kinzig. 2006. Central Arizona -- Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Project. Poster presented at the September 20-23 LTER All Scientist Meeting, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO.

Tluczek, M., B. Bolin, T. W. Collins and Y. Youngs. 2006. Towards an understanding of rural water: Perceptions and micro-politics in Cottonwood, Arizona. Poster presented at the May 3, 2006 Community of Undergraduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2004

Bolin, B. and S. E. Grineski. 2004. South Phoenix and the geography of exclusion: Past and present. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. (link )

2003

Bolin, B., J. Smith, E. J. Hackett, S. E. Grineski, T. W. Collins, N. Vuppaladadium and J. J. Kronenfeld. 2003. Toxic tracts: A historical geography of environmental inequality in Phoenix, Arizona. Presented at February 19, 2003, CAP LTER Fifth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Harlan, S. L., B. Bolin, E. J. Hackett, D. Hope, A. M. Kirby, L. Larsen, A. L. Nelson, T. R. Rex, S. Wolf and T. Jones. 2003. Community and environment in a desert metropolis. Presented at February 19, 2003, CAP LTER Fifth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2002

Bolin, B., A. J. Brazel, T. W. Collins, S. E. Grineski, E. J. Hackett and M. O'Donnell. 2002. Community-based research: Environmental conditions, human health, and the quality of life. Poster presented at the January 17, 2002, CAP LTER Fourth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Nelson, A. L., B. Bolin, E. J. Hackett, J. Smith and S. E. Grineski. 2002. Sunbelt toxics: Industrial polluters in Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at January 17, 2002, CAP LTER Fourth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Nelson, A. L., B. Bolin, J. Smith, M. O'Donnell and E. J. Hackett. 2002. The development of environmental injustices in Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at January 17, 2002, CAP LTER Fourth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2001

Bolin, B., A. L. Nelson, E. J. Hackett, K. Pijawka, M. O'Donnell, J. Smith, D. Sicotte and E. Sadalla. 2001. South Phoenix assessment of community and environment. Poster presented at the January 19, 2001, CAP LTER Third Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. (link )

Harlan, S. L., A. L. Nelson, E. J. Hackett, A. M. Kirby, B. Bolin, K. Pijawka, T. R. Rex and D. Hope. 2001. Phoenix area social survey: Long-term monitoring of social interaction, and environmental change in urban neighborhoods. Poster presented at the January 19, 2001, CAP LTER Third Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. (link )

Nelson, A. L., B. Bolin, E. J. Hackett, K. Pijawka, E. Sadalla, D. Sicotte, D. Brewer and E. Matranga. 2001. The ecology of risk in a Sunbelt city: A multi-hazard analysis. Poster presented at the January 19, 2001, CAP LTER Third Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. (link )

2000

Bolin, B., E. Matranga, E. J. Hackett, E. Sadalla, K. Pijawka, D. Brewer and D. Sicotte. 2000. Environmental equity in a Sunbelt city. Poster presented at August 2-4, 2000 Long-Term Ecological Research: Unifying Principles and Global Applications, LTER All Scientists Meeting, Snowbird, UT.

Bolin, B., E. Matranga, A. L. Nelson, E. J. Hackett, K. Pijawka, D. Brewer and D. Sicotte. 2000. The ecology of risk in a Sunbelt city: A multi-hazard spatial analysis. Poster presented at August 2-4, 2000 Long-Term Ecological Research: Unifying Principles and Global Applications, LTER All Scientists Meeting, Snowbird, UT.

Harlan, S. L., A. L. Nelson, E. J. Hackett, B. Bolin, A. M. Kirby and K. Pijawka. 2000. Phoenix area social survey. Poster presented at 2-4 August 2000, Long-Term Ecological Research: Unifying Principles and Global Applications, LTER All Scientists Meeting, Snowbird, UT.

Matranga, E., B. Bolin, D. Brewer, E. J. Hackett, K. Pijawka and E. Sadalla. 2000. Technological hazards in the Southwest: Environmental equity and the demographics of risk. Poster presented at 19 January 2000, CAP LTER Second Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Nelson, A. L., S. L. Harlan, T. D. Hogan, T. R. Rex, E. J. Hackett, B. Bolin, E. Sadalla, K. Pijawka, E. K. Burns and A. M. Kirby. 2000. Phoenix area social survey. Poster presented at 19 January 2000, CAP LTER Second Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Nelson, A. L., E. Matranga, B. Bolin, E. J. Hackett, D. Brewer, K. Pijawka, D. Sicotte and E. Sadalla. 2000. The distribution of technological hazards in the greater Southwest, 1991 to 1996. Poster presented at August 2-4, 2000 Long-Term Ecological Research: Unifying Principles and Global Applications, LTER All Scientists Meeting, Snowbird, UT.

Presentations

2008

Bolin, B., M. Seetharam, P. Gober and B. J. Pompeii. 2008. Water resources, climate change and institutional vulnerability: A case study of Phoenix, Arizona. Paper presented April 18, 2008 at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA.

Cutts, B. B., K. Darby, E. K. Larson, T. A. Munoz-Erickson, M. W. Neff, B. Bolin and A. Y. Wutich. 2008. Social networks, environmental governance and science in the Big Chino Water Project: An interdisciplinary research project of the IGERT in Urban Ecology Program. Presentation April 30 at the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Larson, E. K., B. Bolin, B. B. Cutts, K. Darby, T. A. Munoz-Erickson, M. W. Neff and A. Y. Wutich. 2008. The challenging task of water resources partnership building: Insights on network properties and outcomes from both whole and egocentric analyses. Presentation April 15-19 at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers Conference, Boston, MA.

Neff, M. W., B. Bolin, B. B. Cutts, K. Darby, E. K. Larson, T. A. Munoz-Erickson and A. Y. Wutich. 2008. Does truth flow like water? The role of social networks in the flow of scientific understandings in a water management controversy. Presentation April 15, 2008 at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA.

Neff, M. W., B. B. Cutts, K. Darby, E. K. Larson, T. A. Munoz-Erickson, A. Y. Wutich and B. Bolin. 2008. Does truth flow like water? The role of social networks in the flow of scientific knowledge in an environmental governance dispute. Presentation August 23, 2008 at the Society for the Social Studies of Science / European Association for the Study of Science and Technology joint meeting, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

2007

Bolin, B., T. W. Collins and K. Darby. 2007. Pumping groundwater, draining rivers: The political ecology of water and development in rural Arizona. Presentation at the April 20, 2007 Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA.

2006

Collins, T. W., Y. Youngs, M. Tluczek and B. Bolin. 2006. Growth and groundwater in highland Arizona: The political ecology of a contested resource. Presented at the May 31 - June 3, 2006 Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, HI.

2005

Bolin, B. 2005. Urban growth, drought, and rural vulnerability: A research agenda. Presented at the August 5, 2005 Arizona Water Summit, Flagstaff, AZ.

Bolin, B., Y. Youngs, M. Tluczek and T. W. Collins. 2005. Drought, rural growth and vulnerability in the Salt Verde watershed. Presented at the September 27-29, 2005 Annual Meeting of the Arizona Planners Association, Prescott, AZ.

Grineski, S. E., B. Bolin and V. Agadjanian. 2005. Tuberculosis and urban growth: Class, race and disease in early Phoenix, Arizona. Presented at the "Medicalize bodies and suffering" August 15 meeting of the American Sociological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Redman, C. L., E. Livingston and A. Horne. 2005. Future sources of water to meet Arizona's growing needs. January 7, 2005 Panel Discussion at the Governor's Water Forum, Phoenix, AZ.

2003

Grineski, S. E., J. J. Kronenfeld and B. Bolin. 2003. In the face of uncertainty: Health hazards and statistical significance. Paper presented at Environment, Technology and Society Session of the ASA, Atlanta, GA.

Kirby, A. M., S. L. Harlan, B. Bolin, E. J. Hackett, L. Larsen, T. R. Rex and S. Wolf. 2003. Building walls, building community? A preliminary examination of common-interest neighborhoods in Phoenix. Presented at the June 2003 second annual Hawaiian International Conference in Social Sciences.

2001

Bolin, B., A. L. Nelson, C. S. Smith, E. J. Hackett, K. Pijawka, E. Sadalla, M. O'Donnell, S. E. Grineski, T. W. Collins and D. Sicotte. 2001. Environmental equity in Phoenix, Arizona: The spatial distributions of hazardous facilities and vulnerable populations. Paper presented at 29-31 October 2001 Annual Federal State Toxicology and Risk Analysis Committee Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.

2000

Bolin, B. 2000. Environmental equity in a Sunbelt city. Presented at May 2000 Urban Affairs Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Bolin, B. 2000. Environmental equity in a Sunbelt city. April, presented to the Science and Technology Studies Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

Bolin, B. 2000. Environmental equity in a Sunbelt city. April, presented in the Colloqium Series, Sociology Department, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Bolin, B., E. J. Hackett, K. Pijawka, E. Sadalla, D. Brewer, E. Matranga and D. Sicotte. 2000. Environmental equity in a Sunbelt city. Poster presented at 19 January 2000, CAP LTER Second Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Reports

2003

Harlan, S. L., L. Larsen, T. R. Rex, S. Wolf, E. J. Hackett, A. M. Kirby, B. Bolin, A. L. Nelson and D. Hope. 2003. The Phoenix Area Social Survey: Community and environment in a desert metropolis. Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University.. Central Arizona - Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Contribution Series 2. (link )