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James Holway

James Holway

Western Lands and Communities Program Director

602-393-4310 ext.2

Western Lands and Communities
Sonoran Institute & Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
11010 N. Tatum Blvd Suite D101
Phoenix, AZ 85028


  • Western Lands and Communities Program Director


Jim directs Western Lands and Communities, the Sonoran Institute's Joint Venture with the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy. This program supports research, tool development, demonstration projects, education and publications focused on managing growth, sustaining regions, protecting resources and empowering communities throughout the intermountain west. Jim was also elected to the Board of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District in November 2010.

Prior to joining the Sonoran Institute in 2009, Jim was a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University and served as the Arizona State University Coordinator for the Arizona Water Institute. Jim previously served as Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

Jim earned his bachelors degree in Political Science from Cornell University and both a Ph.D. and Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina. Jim was also recently inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


  • PhD, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, 1990
  • MRP, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, 1987
  • BA, Political Science, Cornell University, 1981


External Links



Holway, J. M., C. J. Gabbe, F. Hebbert, J. Lally, R. Matthews and R. Quay. 2012. Opening access to scenario planning tools. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Cambridge, MA. ISBN: 978-1-55844-231-3.

Book Chapters


Holway, J. M. and K. L. Jacobs. 2006. Managing for sustainability in Arizona, USA: Linking climate, water management and growth. In: Mays, L. W. ed., Water Resources Sustainability. McGraw-Hill.



Redman, C. L., G. Gammage, N. S. Jones, E. A. Corley, J. M. Holway, J. Keane, S. Megdal and R. Quay. 2004. Water supply in Greater Phoenix: Improving regional decision making through university partnerships. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. (link )



Holway, J. M. 2007. Characterization of Arizona energy/water issues. Presented August 31, 2007 at the Sustainable Water, Unlimited Growth, Quality of Life: Can We Have it All? 2007 Regional Water Symposium, Tucson, AZ.


Holway, J. M. 2006. Ensuring sustainable water supplies for new growth. Presented at the April 25, 2006 American Planning Association National Planning Conference, San Antonio, TX.


Holway, J. M. 2005. Do our cities have enough water now and in the future?. Presented at January 7, 2005 Water Conservation Leadership Forum, Phoenix, AZ.

Holway, J. M. 2005. Drought induced land-use planning. Paper presented March 19-23, 2005 at the American Planning Association's National Planning Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Holway, J. M. 2005. Water resources issues and potential management approaches. Presented at August 5, 2005 Arizona Water Summit, Flagstaff, AZ.



Gammage, G., R. Melnick, R. Heffernon, E. Slechta, N. Welch, D. Berman, B. Hart, R. Toon, T. R. Rex, K. Hill, D. Willie, R. M. Turner, T. S. Rossi, J. M. Holway, B. L. Hallin and R. S. Siegel. 2006. The treasure of the Superstitions: Scenarios for the future of superstition vistas. Morrison Institute for Public Policy. (link )