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Nalini Chhetri

Nalini Chhetri
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Sustainability
Assistant Director and Clinical Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
480-965-3099; 480-727-0745

Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402

Nalini Chhetri is an Assistant Director and Clinical Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. She also holds a dual appointment with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability. She is a Climate Change Science Manager with the Institute and a lecturer with the School. She holds a doctorate in education policy studies and a Master of Science degree in cyto-genetics. She is affiliated with the Global Resolve program in The Polytechnic School at ASU. Dr. Chhetri's professional career, for over a decade, was primarily in sustainable development working for international nongovernmental organizations in Nepal, India and Thailand, work which has continued partially in her academic partnership with Global Resolve, School of Sustainability and CSPO, taking her to Ghana, Mexico and Vietnam. She has also consulted for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and European bilateral agencies in international development.

PhD, Education Policy and Comparative International Education, Pennsylvania State University, 2005

MS, Cyto-genetics, University of North Bengal, 1987

BS (with honors), Zoology, University of North Bengal, 1984

Journal Articles


Middel, A., N. J. Selover, B. Hagen and N. Chhetri. 2016. Impact of shade on outdoor thermal comfort—a seasonal field study in Tempe, Arizona. International Journal of Biometeorology Open Access:1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-016-1172-5. (link )


Middel, A., N. Chhetri and R. Quay. 2015. Urban forestry and cool roofs: Assessment of heat mitigation strategies in Phoenix residential neighborhoods. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 14(1):178-186. DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2014.09.010. (link )

Book Chapters


Chhetri, N. B. and N. Chhetri. 2015. Alternative imaginations: Examining complementarities across knowledge systems. Pp. 11-24 In: Sumida Huaman, E. and B. Sriraman eds., Indigenous Innovation: Universalities and Peculiarities. Sense Publishers. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. ISBN: 9789463002257.


O'Neill, D., J. H. Takamura Jr., N. Chhetri, M. Henderson and B. Rogers. 2012. Frugal Innovation. Pp. 96-113 In: Colledge, T. H. ed., Convergence: Philosophies and Pedagogies for Developing the Next Generation of Humanitarian Engineers an Social Entrepreneurs. International Journal of Service Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship. (link )



Middel, A., N. J. Selover, N. Chhetri, B. Hagen, B. Mackowski and C. J. Sisodiya. 2015. Microclimate effects of photovoltaic canopies: Ongoing research projects. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdlae, AZ. (link )



Middel, A., N. J. Selover, N. Chhetri and B. Hagen. 2015. Outdoor thermal comfort under photovoltaic canopies. Presentation at the 9th International Conference on Urban Climate, 20-24 July 2015, Toulouse, France. (link )


Rogers, B., N. Chhetri, M. R. Henderson, K. D. Hristovski, B. L. Ruddell and J. H. Takamura. 2013. A systematic methodology for the development of enterprise at the base of the economic pyramid. Presentation at the 2013 ASEE International Forum, June 22, 2013, Atlanta, GA. (link )

White, D. D., R. Quay, D. B. Ferguson, J. L. Buizer, Z. Guido and N. Chhetri. 2013. Linking climate change science and adaptation policy at the community scale through anticipatory governance: A review of concepts with application to Arizona communities. Presentation at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 9-13, 2013, San Francisco, CA.


McClintock, S. and N. Chhetri. 2012. Communicating climate science to stakeholders: Tilting scientific language toward common English. Presentation at the Culture, Politics, and Climate Change, 13--15 September 2012, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.



Chuang, W., A. Karner, N. J. Selover, D. M. Hondula, N. Chhetri, A. Middel, M. Roach and B. Dufour. 2015. Arizona Extreme Weather, Climate and Health Profile Report. A report prepared for Arizona Department of Health Services and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative. Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. (link )

Selover, N. J., A. Middel, N. Chhetri, B. Mackowski and C. J. Sisodiya. 2015. Impact of Solar Parasol Shading on Automobile Temperatures. Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. (link )


Middel, A. and N. Chhetri. 2014. City of Phoenix Cool Urban Spaces Project—Urban forestry and cool roofs: Assessment of heat mitigation strategies in Phoenix. Center for Integrated Solutions to Climate Challenges, Arizona State University.