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Use-inspired research

Use-inspired research

Use-inspired research

Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes draws on Arizona State University’s (ASU) strengths in natural and social sciences as a mechanism to increase capacity to tackle complex biodiversity sustainability challenges.

Leah Gerber Ariel Anbar Rob Melnick Charles Perrings Osvaldo Sala Daniel Sarewitz Andrew Smith Billie Turner II

Decision Center for a Desert City

The Decision Center for a Desert City conducts climate, water, and decision research and develops innovative tools to bridge the boundary between scientists and decision makers and put their work into the hands of those whose concern is for the sustainable future of Greater Phoenix.

Dave White Kelli Larson Michael Hanemann Enrique Vivoni Amber Wutich

Decision Theater

The Decision Theater Network actively engages researchers and leaders to visualize solutions to complex problems. The Network provides the latest expertise in collaborative, computing and display technologies for data visualization, modeling, and simulation. The Network addresses cross-disciplinary local, national and international issues by drawing on Arizona State University’s diverse academic and research capabilities.

Ben Freakley Kevin Desouza

Food Systems Transformation Initiative

The Food Systems Transformation Initiative supports the development of more equitable, diverse and resilient food systems at all scales – from local to global – that can adapt to evolving uncertainties and opportunities, and enable sustainable societies.

Christopher Wharton Rimjhim Aggarwal Netra Chhetri Hallie Eakin Jeffrey Englin Joan McGregor Punam Ohri-Vachaspati


ASU LightWorks is a multidisciplinary effort to leverage ASU's unique strengths, particularly in renewable energy fields including artificial photosynthesis, biofuels, and next-generation photovoltaics.

Gary Dirks Stephen Goodnick Kristin Mayes Clark Miller Ellen Stechel

LiveData - Research Data Infrastructure Initiative

The LiveData initiative is an Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) funded series of activities intended to improve research data management within the three public universities in Arizona. This initiative is a collaborative effort with a vision of producing shared infrastructure and functionality that benefits all three institutions and provides a competitive advantage for researchers and faculty within the Arizona university system.

National Center of Excellence on SMART Materials for Urban Climate and Energy at ASU

The National Center of Excellence (NCE) on SMART Innovations provides climate and energy system solutions based on sound science and engineering to governments and industries around the globe.

Shane Underwood Kamil Kaloush Patrick Phelan Mounir El Asmar Zhihua Wang

Phoenix Area Social Survey

This survey studies the relationships between people and the natural environment in the Phoenix metro area.

Sharon Harlan Christopher Boone Amber Wutich Darren Ruddell Rimjhim Aggarwal Dan Childers Stevan Earl Kelli Larson Kerry Smith Paige Warren

RCN-SEES: Coordinating Phosphorus Research to Create a Sustainable Food System

The goal of the P Sustainability Research Coordination Network (RCN) is to spark an interdisciplinary synthesis of data, perspectives, and understanding about phosphorus to identify and implement solutions for P sustainability.

Tauhidur Rahman James Elser Rimjhim Aggarwal Helen Rowe

Sustainability Consortium

The Sustainability Consortium is an organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability.

Kevin Dooley Jon Johnson

The Dynamics of Multi-Scalar Adaptation in Megacities: Autonomous Action, Institutional Change and Social Hydrological Risk in Mexico City (MEGADPT)

MEGADAPT is both an international, transdisciplinary research initiative, designed to capture and simulate the social and biophysical dynamics that create flood risk and water scarcity in Mexico City, and a decision tool, enabling diverse actors in the city to explore the consequences of different approaches to risk management for the city and its residents.

Hallie Eakin Matei Georgescu Marco Janssen David Manuel-Navarrete Charles Redman Enrique Vivoni

Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather Related Events

Urban areas are vulnerable to extreme weather related events given their location, high concentration of people, and increasingly complex and interdependent infrastructure. Impacts of Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and other disasters demonstrate not just failures in built infrastructure, they highlight the inadequacy of institutions, resources, and information systems to prepare for and respond to events of this magnitude. The Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) will develop a novel theoretical framework for integrating social, ecological, and technological system (SETS) dimensions for conceptualizing, analyzing, and supporting urban infrastructure decisions in the face of climatic uncertainty in a more holistic way.

Charles Redman Alice Brawley-Chesworth Mikhail Chester Nancy Grimm Timon McPhearson Tischa Munoz-Erickson

Urbanization and Global Environmental Change

This collaborative project is building greater knowledge and understanding of the bidirectional interactions between global environmental change and cities, present at local, regional, and global scales, and integrating the work of decision makers, practitioners, and academic researchers.

Charles Redman Sander van der Leeuw Corrie Griffith Rimjhim Aggarwal Christopher Boone Billie Turner II

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