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Braden Allenby

Braden Allenby
Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
President's Professor and Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Director, Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment in Civil Engineering
Arizona State University
PO Box 875306
Tempe, AZ 85287-5306

Dr. Allenby's principal areas of teaching and research are design for environment; earth systems engineering and management; industrial ecology; technological evolution; and the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information and communication technology, and cognitive sciences. Dr. Allenby entered academia after a 20-year career as senior environmental counsel, research vice president for technology and environment, and environment, health and safety vice president for AT&T. He teaches courses in engineering and ethics, earth systems engineering and management, industrial ecology, and design for sustainability. His current research investigates ethical and social dimensions of emerging technologies; earth systems engineering and management, especially in regard to information and communication technologies; transhumanism; and development of sustainable engineering theory and curricular materials.

PhD, Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, 1992

MS, Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, 1989

JD, Law, University of Viriginia Law School, 1978

BA, Environmental Studies, Yale University, 1972

Journal Articles


Chester, M. and B. R. Allenby. 2018. Toward Adaptive Infrastructure: Flexibility and Agility in a Non-stationarity Age. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure 3(1):1-19. DOI: 10.1080/23789689.2017.1416846. (link )


Harlow, J., A. Golub and B. R. Allenby. 2013. A review of utopian themes in sustainable development discourse. Sustainable Development 21(4):270-280. DOI: 10.1002/sd.522. (link )


Li, K., P. Zhang, J. C. Crittenden, S. Guhathakurta, Y. Chen, H. J. Fernando, A. Sawhey, P. H. McCartney, N. B. Grimm, R. Kahhat, H. Joshi, G. Konjevod, Y. J. Choi, E. Fonseca, B. R. Allenby, D. Gerrity and P. M. Torrens. 2007. Development of a framework for quantifying the environmental impacts of urban development and construction practices. Environmental Science and Technology 41(14):5130-5136. DOI: 10.1021/es062481d. (link )


Allenby, B. R. and J. H. Fink. 2005. Toward inherently secure and resilient societies. Science 309(5737):1034-1036. (link )



Marchant, G. E., B. R. Allenby and J. R. Herkert eds. 2011. The Growing Gap between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight: The Pacing Problem. Springer. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York.


Allenby, B. R. 2005. Reconstructing Earth: Technology and Environment in the Age of Humans. Island Press. Washington, D.C.


Allenby, B. R. 1998. Industrial Ecology: Policy Framework and Implementation. Prentice Hall.


Graedel, T. E. and B. R. Allenby. 1997. Industrial Ecology and the Automobile. Prentice Hall.


Graedel, T. E. and B. R. Allenby. 1996. Design for Environment. Prentice Hall.


Allenby, B. R. 1994. Environmental Threats and National Security: An International Challenge to Science and Technology. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.



Allenby, B. R. 2005. Engineering water for the 21st century. Presentation at the March 2005, SMART: Water, Quarterly Conference, Arizona State University, Downtown Center, Tempe, AZ. (link )