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Emily Curtis

Emily Curtis

MS Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability

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


  • MS Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability


I'm interested in understanding the flow of power in social systems, from the marginalized to the empowered. My research questions are around the relationship of dignity and empowerment to policy through participation.

I want to work in a holistic approach towards social and environmental justice by understanding, generating and implementing policy that normalizes human dignity and values, treating them as a necessary catalyst for social change. I'm interested in generating diverse policy that encourages empowerment and participation on topics ranging from sustainable tourism to human rights, to the circular economy where restoration and "giving back" are implicit and normalized.

Spoken Languages:
Spanish (fluent); French (beginner); Hindi (beginner)


  • BS, Environmental Resources Engineering, Humboldth State University


Journal Articles


Curtis, E. and R. Willis. 2012. A multi-objective, linked-simulation-optimization of Henry's saltwater intrusion problem using HST3D and Box's Method. American Journal of Undergraduate Research 10(4):19-30. (link )



Mendonca, B., P. Lai, E. Curtis, M. Harper and A. Jacobson. 2014. Market Presence of Off-Grid Lighting Products: Insights from a Study in Bihar and Odisha. Humboldt State University/International Finance Corporation. IFC Lighting Asia Program Market Presence Report (link )