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Katja Brundiers

Katja Brundiers
Community-University Liaison, School of Sustainability, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502

Katja Brundiers is the Community-University Liaison for the School of Sustainability, where she develops and administers student-centered research on practical sustainability problems. Before joining ASU, Katja headed up a boundary organization at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland) that facilitated collaborative research projects between students, faculty, and community partners (business, government, NGOs). Katja brings to the position her experiences as a sustainability consultant to the University of British Columbia (Canada) and as a member of the UNESCO Committee on Education for Sustainable Development. She also worked as a civil servant at the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development, as a consultant in a private planning agency, and as a researcher in an international development research project for the government of Sri Lanka. She holds a master's degree in geography and anthropology from the University of Zurich.

PhD, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2016

MS, Geography, Cultural Anthropology, and Agriculture and Econoimcs, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2003

Journal Articles


Bernstein, M. J., A. Wiek, K. Brundiers, K. Pearson, A. Garinger, B. Kay and A. Golub. 2014. Mitigating urban sprawl effects: A collaborative tree and shade intervention in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2014.965672. (link )

Wiek, A., A. Xiong, K. Brundiers and S. E. van der Leeuw. 2014. Integrating problem- and project-based learning into sustainability programs: A case study on the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 15(4):431-449. DOI: 10.1108/IJSHE-02-2013-0013. (link )


Brundiers, K. and A. Wiek. 2013. Do we teach what we preach? An international comparison of problem- and project-based learning courses in sustainability. Sustainability 5(4):1725-1746. DOI: 10.3390/su5041725. (link )

Brundiers, K., A. Wiek and B. Kay. 2013. The role of transacademic interface managers in transformational sustainability research and education. Sustainability 5(11):4614-4636. DOI: 10.3390/su5114614. (link )


Brundiers, K. and A. D. Wiek. 2011. Educating students in real-world sustainability research: Vision and implementation. Innovative Higher Education 36(2):107-124. DOI: 10.1007/s10755-010-9161-9. (link )


Brundiers, K., A. D. Wiek and C. L. Redman. 2010. Real-world learning opportunities in sustainability — from classroom into the real-world. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 11(4):308-324. (link )

Wiek, A. D., R. Ries, L. Thabrew, K. Brundiers and A. Wickramasinghe. 2010. Challenges of sustainable recovery processes in tsunami affected communities. Disaster Prevention and Management 19(4):423-437. (link )



Brundiers, K., B. B. Cutts, E. Cardenas, B. J. Pompeii, D. C. Ibes and S. Deitrick. 2009. Contributing more than research! Mapping DCDC's Community of Graduate Research Students (CGS). Poster presented on May 6, 2009 at the Community of Undergraduate/Graduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Brundiers, K. and P. Gober. 2009. DCDC (Decision Center for a Desert City) A boundary organization enhancing science-society collaboration for a sustainable water future. Poster presented at the Water Resources Research Center 2009 Annual Conference. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, March 17, 2009.



Brundiers, K. and A. D. Wiek. 2011. Do we teach what we preach? Evaluating transdisciplinary, problem based learning projects in sustainability programs. Paper presented at 14-16 September 2011 Implementation in Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research, Practice and Teaching, Td-net Conference 2011. (link )


Brundiers, K., G. M. Garfin, G. Basile, R. Bark and R. Quay. 2010. Moving beyond predictions: An integrative approach to downscaling and robust decision making. Presented October 15, 2010 at the International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Brundiers, K., G. M. Garfin, P. Gober, G. Basile and R. H. Bark. 2010. Collaborative research for water resource management under climate change conditions. Presented December 13, 2010 at the 2010 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.


Brundiers, K. 2009. The Decision Center for a Desert City: Integrated and long-term decision making for water sustainability. Presented December 11, 2009 at the Water Innovation Consortium of ASU and TEC Monterrey, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

President's Award for Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2009