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Abigail.York@asu.edu

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Mail Code: 2402

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Bio

Associate Professor of Governance and Public Policy, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Director, Environmental Social Sciences Graduate Program 

 

Education

Ph.D., Public Policy, Indiana University

Bio

Communities throughout human history have faced difficult decisions about the provision of public goods. York’s research examines these choices focusing on the governance of cities, natural resources, water, and agriculture using a social-ecological system perspective. Building upon the work of her dissertation chair and Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics recipient, Elinor Ostrom, York focuses on how communities collectively act to solve complex problems and the efficacy of these institutions. To unravel the role of institutions within social-ecological systems, York utilizes an innovative mix of qualitative and quantitative methods frequently adopting models and techniques from other disciplines. Because these questions cross disciplinary divides, she works extensively with social and natural scientists conducting both basic and applied work to address cross-cutting questions and develop solutions for the real world.

 

York is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, the Director of the Environmental Social Science Graduate Program, a Senior Sustainability Scientist, and holds an affiliate appointment in the School of Sustainability. Currently she serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes and co-leads the Governance Research Group for the Central Arizona-Long Term Ecological Research Site.  Recently her work has been funded by NOAA and NSF and published in Journal of Urban Affairs, Landscape and Urban Planning, Agriculture and Human Values, and Ecology& Society

Research Interests

Most research on institutions explores how institutions affect the environment or how environmental factors lead to institutional change. Examining these domains independently creates a static and limited view. By beginning to study these two questions simultaneously, York takes a dynamic and systemic view, which necessitates collaboration with a diversity of natural and social science colleagues. In addition to engaging with governance scholarship, York draws upon and contributes to anthropology and archaeology, particularly with respect to understanding institutions’ roles in ancient societies, as well as the importance of culture in institutional creation and emergence in evolution. Through these increasingly diverse collaborations she has created a unique research platform in the governance of social-ecological systems with work in many settings contemporary and premodern settings. 

Courses

Summer 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 210 Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect
ASB 316 Money and Culture
ASB 792 Research

Spring 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ESS 513 Institutions

Fall 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 316 Money and Culture
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 584 Internship
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation

Summer 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 210 Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect
ASB 316 Money and Culture

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ESS 590 Reading and Conference
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 316 Money and Culture
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 584 Internship
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation

Summer 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 210 Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect
ASB 316 Money and Culture

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ESS 590 Reading and Conference
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 584 Internship
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ESS 590 Reading and Conference
ESS 592 Research
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 210 Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ESS 513 Institutions
ESS 592 Research
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 416 Economic Anthropology
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation

Summer 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 210 Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ESS 590 Reading and Conference
ESS 592 Research
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
ESS 799 Dissertation
SOS 593 Applied Project

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ESS 513 Institutions
ESS 790 Reading and Conference
ESS 792 Research
SOS 590 Reading and Conference

Summer 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 210 Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Bausch,Julia C., Hallie Eakin, Skaidra Smith-Heisters, Abigail M. York, Dave D. White, Cathy Rubiños, Rimjhim M. Aggarwal. Development pathways at the agriculture–urban interface: the case of Central Arizona. Agriculture and Human Values (2015).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. White,Dave Douglas * , Abbott,Joshua K , Aggarwal,Rimjhim M , Anderies,John M , Bliss,Nadya T , Eakin,Hallie C , Gober,Patricia , Hanemann,William Michael Micha , Hanemann,William Michael Micha , Johnston,Erik W , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Maciejewski,Ross , Mack,Elizabeth Anne , Miller,Clark Anson , Pfeiffer,Deirdre A , Quay,Raymond G , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Sabo,John L , Sampson,David Arthur , Schoon,Michael L , Turner II,Billie Lee , Turner II,Billie Lee , Vivoni,Enrique , Vivoni,Enrique , Wang,Zhihua , Wentz,Elizabeth Ann , Westerhoff,Paul , Wiek,Arnim , Wutich,Amber Yoder , York,Abigail , . DMUU: DCDC III: Transformational Solutions for Urban Water Sustainability Transit. NSF-SBE (9/1/2015 - 8/31/2019).
  2. Smith,Michael E * , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Harlan,Sharon , York,Abigail , . Service Access in Premodern Cities. NSF-ENG-BCS (6/15/2013 - 5/31/2017).
  3. Yabiku,Scott Thomas * , Glick,Jennifer Elyse , Hall,Sharon , York,Abigail , . CNH: Feedbacks between human community dynamics and socio-ecological vulnerability in a biodiversity hotspot. NSF-SBE-SES (9/1/2012 - 2/28/2017).
  4. Eakin,Hallie C * , Anderies,John M , Anderies,John M , Lant,Timothy W , York,Abigail , . Risk perception institutions and water conservation: Enhancing agricultural adaptation to future water scarcity in central Arizona. DOC-NOAA (9/1/2011 - 8/31/2014).
  5. Grimm,Nancy B * , Abbott,Joshua K , Abbott,Joshua K , Aggarwal,Rimjhim M , Aggarwal,Rimjhim M , Anselin,Luc E , Arrowsmith,Ramon , Basile,George Matthew , Basile,George Matthew , Basile,George Matthew , Bateman,Heather Lyn , Bateman,Heather Lyn , Bolin,Robert , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Brazel,Anthony J , Childers,Daniel L , Childers,Daniel L , Deviche,Pierre , Earl,Stevan Ross , Earl,Stevan Ross , Elser,Monica Mueller , Elser,Monica Mueller , Fenichel,Eli Paul , Franklin,Janet , Fraser,Matthew P , Fraser,Matthew P , Gober,Patricia , Hall,Sharon , Harlan,Sharon , Hartnett,Hilairy , Johnson,James Chadwick , Lant,Timothy W , Lant,Timothy W , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Martin,Chris A , Martin,Chris A , Myint,Soe W , Nation,Marcia L , Nation,Marcia L , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Ruddell,Benjamin Lyle , Ruddell,Benjamin Lyle , Sabo,John L , Shock,Everett , Smith,Vincent Kerry , Stutz,Jean C , Tarrant,Philip E , Turner II,Billie Lee , Turner II,Billie Lee , Vivoni,Enrique , Westerhoff,Paul , Wiek,Arnim , Wiek,Arnim , Wu,Jianguo , Wu,Jianguo , Wu,Jianguo , Wutich,Amber Yoder , York,Abigail , . CAP3: Urban Sustainability in the Dynamic Environment of Central Arizona USA. NSF-ENG-BCS (12/1/2010 - 11/30/2016).
  6. Abbott,Joshua K , Boone,Christopher , Boone,Christopher , Childers,Daniel L , Grimm,Nancy B , Hall,Sharon , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , York,Abigail , . Collaborative Research: Land and Water Use Decision-Making and Ecosystem Services along a Southwestern Socio-Ecological Gradient. NSF-SBE (10/1/2010 - 3/31/2013).
  7. White,Dave Douglas * , Anselin,Luc E , Balling,Robert C , Basile,George Matthew , Basile,George Matthew , Brazel,Anthony J , Eakin,Hallie C , Ellis,Andrew Walton , Elser,Monica Mueller , Elser,Monica Mueller , Gammage,Grady , Gober,Patricia , Gober,Patricia , Guhathakurta,Subhrajit , Guhathakurta,Subhrajit , Kenrick,Douglas T , Kirkwood,Craig William , Lant,Timothy W , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Ledlow,Susan Elizabeth , Murray,Alan Todd , Nelson,Margaret C , Neuberg,Steven Laurence , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Smith,Vincent Kerry , Turner II,Billie Lee , Wentz,Elizabeth Ann , Westerhoff,Paul , Wiek,Arnim , Wutich,Amber Yoder , York,Abigail , . Decision Center for a Desert City II - Urban Climate Adaptation. NSF-SBE-SES (9/15/2010 - 8/31/2016).
  8. Grimm,Nancy B * , Aggarwal,Rimjhim M , Anderies,John M , Arrowsmith,Ramon , Basile,George Matthew , Bolin,Robert , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Brazel,Anthony J , Childers,Daniel L , Deviche,Pierre , Earl,Stevan Ross , Elser,Monica Mueller , Fraser,Matthew P , Gries,Corinna , Grossman Clarke,Susanne , Hall,Sharon , Harlan,Sharon , Hartnett,Hilairy , Johnson,James Chadwick , Kinzig,Ann , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Majumdar,Anandamayee , Martin,Chris A , Myint,Soe W , Nation,Marcia L , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Sabo,John L , Shock,Everett , Shock,Everett , Smith,Vincent Kerry , Stutz,Jean C , Tarrant,Philip E , Turner II,Billie Lee , Westerhoff,Paul , Wiek,Arnim , Wu,Jianguo , Wutich,Amber Yoder , Yabiku,Scott Thomas , York,Abigail , . Cap LTER: Phase 2 - 2006 REU Supplement. NSF-BIO (7/6/2006 - 11/30/2011).
  9. Grimm,Nancy B * , Aggarwal,Rimjhim M , Anderies,John M , Arrowsmith,Ramon , Basile,George Matthew , Bolin,Robert , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Brazel,Anthony J , Childers,Daniel L , Deviche,Pierre , Earl,Stevan Ross , Elser,Monica Mueller , Fraser,Matthew P , Gries,Corinna , Grossman Clarke,Susanne , Hall,Sharon , Harlan,Sharon , Hartnett,Hilairy , Johnson,James Chadwick , Kinzig,Ann , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Majumdar,Anandamayee , Martin,Chris A , Myint,Soe W , Nation,Marcia L , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Sabo,John L , Shock,Everett , Shock,Everett , Smith,Vincent Kerry , Stutz,Jean C , Tarrant,Philip E , Turner II,Billie Lee , Westerhoff,Paul , Wiek,Arnim , Wu,Jianguo , Wutich,Amber Yoder , Yabiku,Scott Thomas , York,Abigail , . Cap LTER: Phase 2 - 2006 International & General Supplements. NSF-BIO (7/6/2006 - 11/30/2011).
  10. Childers,Daniel L * , Aggarwal,Rimjhim M , Allen,Jonathan Ostrom , Allen,Jonathan Ostrom , Anderies,John M , Anderies,John M , Arrowsmith,Ramon , Basile,George Matthew , Basile,George Matthew , Bolin,Robert , Bolin,Robert , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Brazel,Anthony J , Briggs,John M , Deviche,Pierre , Earl,Stevan Ross , Elser,Monica Mueller , Faeth,Stanley H , Fraser,Matthew P , Gries,Corinna , Grimm,Nancy B , Grossman Clarke,Susanne , Hall,Sharon , Harlan,Sharon , Harlan,Sharon , Harlan,Sharon , Hartnett,Hilairy , Hope,Diane , Johnson,James Chadwick , Johnson,James Chadwick , Kaye,Jason , Kinzig,Ann , Kuby,Lauren H , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Majumdar,Anandamayee , Martin,Chris A , Martin,Chris A , Mccartney,Peter H , Myint,Soe W , Nash,Thomas H , Nation,Marcia L , Peccia,Jordan Lee , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Sabo,John L , Shears,Brenda L , Shock,Everett , Shock,Everett , Smith,Vincent Kerry , Stutz,Jean C , Stutz,Jean C , Tarrant,Philip E , Turner II,Billie Lee , Wentz,Elizabeth Ann , Westerhoff,Paul , Wiek,Arnim , Wu,Jianguo , Wutich,Amber Yoder , Yabiku,Scott Thomas , York,Abigail , . Central Arizona Phoenix LTER: Phase 2. NSF-BIO (12/1/2004 - 11/30/2011).

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