Rimjhim Aggarwal

Rimjhim Aggarwal
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Associate Professor, School of Sustainability
Chair, Undergraduate Standards Committee, School of Sustainability
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Rimjhim.Aggarwal@asu.edu
480-965-6680

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

Dr. Aggarwal's research and teaching interests lie at the interface between sustainability science and international development. A central focus of her research has been on examining the links between globalization, resilience of social-ecological systems, and human well being. In current research she is examining the emerging conflicts in the framing of water as a human right as well as an economic, ecological and social good in rapidly urbanizing regions, with focus on Delhi, São Paulo and Johannesburg. She is also currently engaged in research projects examining the impacts of globalization and climate change on agricultural and water governance, farm livelihoods, and food security in India, Nepal, Thailand, and Arizona. Dr. Aggarwal has also worked as a senior consultant for the United Nations University's World Institute for Development Economics Research and the World Bank. In recognition of her efforts in "use-inspired research" and "community outreach," Dr. Aggarwal was awarded the Arizona State University President's Award for Sustainability in 2010.

PhD, Economics, Cornell University, 1995

MA, Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1989

BA, Economics, Delhi University, 1987

Journal Articles

In Press

Bausch, J. C., H. Eakin, S. Smith-Heisters, A. M. York, D. D. White, C. Rubinos and R. M. Aggarwal. Development pathways at the agriculture-urban interface: The case of Central Arizona. Agriculture and Human Values DOI: 10.1007/s10460-015-9589-8 .

Eakin, H., A. M. York, R. M. Aggarwal, S. Waters, J. Welch, C. Rubinos, S. Smith-Heisters, J. C. Bausch and J. M. Anderies. Cognitive and institutional influences on farmers’ adaptive capacity: Insights into barriers and opportunities for transformative change in Central Arizona. Regional Environmental Change

2015

Zheng, B., S. W. Myint, P. S. Thenkabail and R. M. Aggarwal. 2015. A support vector machine to identify irrigated crop types using time-series Landsat NDVI data. International Journal of Apppled Earth Observation and Geoinformation (34):103-112. DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2014.07.002.

2014

Fan, C., B. Zheng, S. W. Myint and R. M. Aggarwal. 2014. Characterizing changes in cropping patterns using sequential Landsat imagery: An adaptive threshold approach and application to Phoenix, Arizona. International Journal of Remote Sensing 35(20):7263-7278. DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2014.967891. (link)

Tang, X., P. Ohri-Vachaspati, J. K. Abbott, R. M. Aggarwal, D. L. Tulloch, K. Lloyd and M. J. Yedidia. 2014. Associations between food environment around schools and professionally measured weight status for middle and high school students. Childhood Obesity 10(6):511-517. DOI: 10.1089/chi.2014.0065. (link)

2013

Aggarwal, R. M. 2013. Strategic bundling of development policies with adaptation: An examination of Delhi climate change action plan. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37(6):1902-1915. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12032. (link)

Hummel, D., S. Adamo, A. de Sherbinin, L. Murphy, R. M. Aggarwal, L. Zulu, J. Liu and K. Knight. 2013. Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to population-environment research for sustainability aims: A review and appraisal. Population and Environment 34(4):481-509. DOI: 10.1007/s11111-012-0176-2. (link)

2012

Aggarwal, R. M., S. Guhathakurta, S. Grossman-Clarke and V. Lathey. 2012. How do variations in urban heat islands in space and time influence household water use? The case of Phoenix, Arizona. Water Resources Research 48:W06518. DOI: 10.1029/2011WR010924. (link)

Metson, G. S., D. L. Childers and R. M. Aggarwal. 2012. Efficiency through proximity: Changes in phosphorus cycling at the urban-agricultural interface of a rapidly urbanizing desert region. Journal of Industrial Ecology 16(6):914-927. DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00554.x. (link)

Muneepeerakul, R., M. R. Qubbaj, R. M. Aggarwal, J. M. Anderies and M. A. Janssen. 2012. Critical transition between cohesive and population-dividing responses to change. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 9:3303-3311. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2012.0431. (link)

2011

Haglund, L. and R. M. Aggarwal. 2011. Test of our progress: The translation of economic and social rights norms into practice. Journal of Human Rights 10(4):494-520. DOI: 10.1080/14754835.2011.619409. (link)

2010

Taylor, C. and R. M. Aggarwal. 2010. Motivations and barriers to stakeholder participation in local food value changes in Phoenix, Arizona. Urban Horticulture Magazine Sept(24):46-48. (link)

2009

Lathey, V., S. Guhathakurta and R. M. Aggarwal. 2009. The impact of subregional variations in urban sprawl on the prevalence of obesity and related morbidity. Journal of Planning Education and Research 29(2):127-141. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X09348615. (link)

2008

de Sherbinin, A., L. K. VanWey, K. McSweeney, R. M. Aggarwal, A. Barbieri, S. Henry, L. M. Hunter, W. Twine and G. Walker. 2008. Rural household demographics, livelihoods and the environment. Global Environmental Change 18(1):38--53. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2007.05.005. (link)

2007

Aggarwal, R. M. 2007. Role of risk sharing and transaction costs in contract choice: Theory and evidence from groundwater contracts. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 63(3):475-496. DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2005.06.010. (link)

2006

Aggarwal, R. M. 2006. Globalization, local ecosystems, and the rural poor. World Development 34(8):1405-1418. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2005.10.011. (link)

Aggarwal, R. M. and J. J. Rous. 2006. Awareness and quality of knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS among women in India. The Journal of Development Studies 42(3):371-401. DOI: 10.1080/00220380600576144. (link)

2005

Aggarwal, R. M. and E. Lichtenberg. 2005. Pigouvian taxatin under double moral hazard. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 49(2):301-310. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2004.05.004. (link)

2004

Aggarwal, R. M. and T. A. Narayan. 2004. Does inequality lead to greater efficiency in the use of local commons? The role of strategic investments in capacity. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 47(1):163-182. DOI: 10.1016/S0095-0696(03)00034-2. (link)

2001

Aggarwal, R. M., S. Netanyahu and C. Romano. 2001. Access to natural resources and the fertility decision of women: The case of South Africa. Environment and Development Economics 6(2):209-236. DOI: 10.1017/S1355770X01000122. (link)

2000

Aggarwal, R. M. 2000. Possibilities and limitations to cooperation in small groups: The case of group-owned wells in southern India. World Development 28(8):1481-1497. DOI: 10.1016/S0305-750X(00)00030-9. (link)

Book Chapters

In Press

Aggarwal, R. M. International development and sustainability. In: Heinrichs, H., G. Michelsen, P. Martens and A. D. Wiek eds., Sustainability Science Handbook. Springer Science.

2015

Aggarwal, R. M. and L. Haglund. 2015. Deepening our understanding of rights realization through disaggregation and mapping: Integrating Census data and participatory GIS. Pp. 265-290 In: Haglund, L. and R. Stryker eds., Closing the Rights Gap: From Human Rights to Social Transformation. University of California Press.

Aggarwal, R. M. and C. Taylor. 2015. Sustainable agricultural systems for cities. Pp. Chapter 8 In: Pijawka, K. D. ed., Sustainability in the 21st Century: Pathways, Programs, and Policies. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

2012

Aggarwal, R. M. and C. Taylor. 2012. Sustainable agricultural systems for cities. Pp. 185-206 In: Pijawka, K. and M. A. Gromulat eds., Understanding Sustainable Cities: Concepts, Cases, and Solutions. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

2011

Heinrichs, D., R. M. Aggarwal, J. Barton, E. Bharucha, C. Butsch, M. Fragkias, P. Johnston, F. Kraas, K. Krellenberg, A. Lampis, O. G. Ling and J. Vogel. 2011. Adapting cities to climate change: Opportunities and constraints. Pp. 193-224 In: Hoonweg, D., M. Freira, R. M. Lee, P. Bhada and B. Yuen eds., Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda. World Bank.

Posters

2015

Iles, J., M. Holmes and R. M. Aggarwal. 2015. Price elasticity for residential water demand in the City of Goodyear. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 27, 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Smith-Heisters, S., H. Eakin, A. M. York, R. M. Aggarwal and J. M. Anderies. 2015. Adaptation under uncertainty: An institutional analysis framework. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 27, 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Smith-Heisters, S., H. Eakin, A. York, R. Aggarwal and J. M. Anderies. 2015. Adaptation under uncertainty: An institutional analysis framework. Poster presented at the AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting, February 12-16, 2015, San Jose, CA.

2014

Fan, C., B. Zheng, S. W. Myint and R. M. Aggarwal. 2014. Changes in cropping intensity in Phoenix, Arizona and its implications for future agricultural water use. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Kaba, E., R. Aggarwal, S. Smith-Heisters and C. Rubinos. 2014. Decision making in irrigation districts under uncertainty. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 28, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Kaba, E., R. M. Aggarwal, S. Smith-Heisters and C. Rubinos. 2014. Decision making within irrigation districts in central Arizona. Poster presented at the Celebrating Honors Symposium of Research and Creative Projects, April 9, 2014, Barrett, The Honors College, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Smith-Heisters, S., H. Eakin, A. York, R. Aggarwal and J. M. Anderies. 2014. Analyzing constraints on adaptation: Application of an institutional analysis framework to risk perception in Central Arizona agriculture. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 28, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Smith-Heisters, S., H. Eakin, A. York, R. Aggarwal and J. M. Anderies. 2014. Analyzing constraints on adaptation: Application of an institutional analysis framework to risk perception in Central Arizona agriculture. Poster presented at the AAAS 2014 Annual Meeting, Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation, February 13-17, 2014, Chicago, IL.

2013

Bausch, J. C., C. Rubinos, H. Eakin, A. M. York and R. M. Aggarwal. 2013. Farmers’ resilience to socio-ecological change in Central Arizona. Poster presented February 17, 2013 at the Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) Session of the AAAS Annual Meeting, February 14-18, 2013, Boston, MA.

Bausch, J. C., C. Rubinos, H. Eakin, A. M. York and R. M. Aggarwal. 2013. Farmers’ resilience to socio-ecological change in Central Arizona. Poster presented on May 1, 2013 at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Bausch, J. C., C. Rubinos, H. Eakin, A. M. York and R. M. Aggarwal. 2013. Irrigated agriculture at the urban fringe: Farmers' resilience to socio-ecological change in central Arizona. Poster presented at the AAAS 2013 Annual Meeting: The Beauty and Benefits of Science, 17 February 2013, Boston, MA.

Rubinos, C., A. M. York, H. Eakin, R. M. Aggarwal, J. C. Bausch, S. Smith-Heisters, S. Waters and J. M. Anderies. 2013. Water and agriculture in Central Arizona: Adapting to a new scenario. Poster presented at the Water Resources Research Center 2013 Annual Conference, March 5, 2013, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

2012

Bausch, J. C., J. P. Connors, C. Rubinos, H. Eakin, R. M. Aggarwal and A. M. York. 2012. Agriculture around a desert city: Perspectives on decisions for water, land, and livelihoods. 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)

2010

Abrahams, R., R. M. Aggarwal and C. Taylor. 2010. Exploratory study on the spatial extent of locally oriented food production in Maricopa and Pinal Counties. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the January 14, 2010 12th Annual Central Arizona Project Long-Term Ecological Project (CAP LTER) Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability.

Taylor, C., R. M. Aggarwal, H. Eakin and K. A. Spielmann. 2010. Local food in the Phoenix metropolitan area: Barriers and enablers as perceived by food system stakeholders. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the January 14, 2010 12th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability.

2009

Aggarwal, R. M., S. Guhathakurta, S. Grossman-Clarke and V. Lathey. 2009. How do variation in heat islands in space and time influence household water use? A longitudinal study of single family residences in Phoenix. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at 11th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Poster Symposium, January 15, 2009, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link)

Presentations

2015

Aggarwal, R. M., M. Budruk, S. Bugental, I. Drower and B. Klimek. 2015. Cross cultural exchanges towards global change: Engaging youth with food and water challenges. Presentation at the Balance-Unbalance 2015 International Conference: Water, Climate, Place – Reimagining Environments, March 25-29, 2015, Tempe, AZ.

2014

Aggarwal, R. M. 2014. Regional development from the bottom-up. Presentation at the Global System Science Conference, Unpacking Green Growth: How Can It Become a New Lever to Accelerate Development in Poor Regions?, October 8, 2014, Tempe, Arizona and Lu'An, China.

Smith-Heisters, S., H. Eakin, A. M. York, J. M. Anderies and R. M. Aggarwal. 2014. Analyzing constraints on adaptation: Application of an institutional analysis framework. Presentation at the Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop (WOW5), June 18-21, 2014, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

2013

Aggarwal, R. M. 2013. Exploring the challenges of food-water-energy nexus. Presentation at the Adapting to a Water-Stressed West, American Association for the Advancement of Science Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division (AAAS-SWARM) Water Forum, November 4, 2013, Tempe, AZ.

Aggarwal, R. M. 2013. Leveraging the water-energy-food nexus for a sustainability transition: Institutional and policy design choices in a fragmented world. Presentation at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 9-13, 2013, San Francisco, CA.

Bausch, J. C., H. Eakin, C. Rubinos, A. M. York, S. Smith-Heisters and R. M. Aggarwal. 2013. Pathways to sustainability at the agriculture-urban interface: The case of Central Arizona. Paper presented April 12, 2013 at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, April 9-13, 2013, Los Angeles, CA.

2012

Aggarwal, R. M. and J. M. Anderies. 2012. How we become victims of our own success: Case study analysis of exemplar social-ecological systems under globalization and climate change. Presented as part of a panel discussion When Strengths Can Become Weaknesses: Emerging Vulnerabilities in Exemplar Social-Ecological Systems under Globalization and Climate Change on May 29, 2012 at Adaptation Futures: Second International Climate Change.

Eakin, H., R. M. Aggarwal, A. M. York, J. C. Bausch and C. Rubinos. 2012. Irrigated agriculture, water institutions and adaptation in urbanizing Arizona. Presented May 31, 2012 at Adaptation Futures, 2012 International Conference on Climate Adaptation, May 28-31, 2012, Tucson, AZ.

Eakin, H., S. Smith-Heisters, A. M. York, J. C. Bausch, R. M. Aggarwal and C. Rubinos. 2012. Irrigated agriculture, water institutions, and adaptation in urbanizing Arizona. Presentation at the Climate Adaptation Futures: Second International Climate Adaptation Conferences 2012, 31 May 2012, Tucson, AZ.

Fragkias, M., D. Heinrichs, R. M. Aggarwal, P. Johnston, J. Barton, A. Lampis and R. Krishnamurthy. 2012. Urban responses to climate change: evidence from practice in cities of the Global South. Presented March 28, 2012 at Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge Towards Solutions, March 26-29, 2012, London, UK.

Selover, N. J., R. M. Aggarwal, S. Waters and H. Eakin. 2012. Case critical: Are droughts withering our resources?. Panel discussion moderated by Climate Change Science Manager, Nalini Chhetri, Thursday, September 6, 2012, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

2010

Bausch, J. C., R. M. Aggarwal and . Colleagues from couse SOS 594. 2010. Future scenarios of agriculture and water in central Arizona. Presentation at 17 February 2010 Decision Center for a Desert City: Water Climate Briefing, Arizona State University.

2008

Chuang, W. and R. M. Aggarwal. 2008. Governance of environmental impacts of high-tech industry in developing countries: Top-down versus. Presentation at the 5-6 April 2008 Science & Technology: An International, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Washington, DC.