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Abigail.York@asu.edu

Assoc Professor
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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

Research:
The decisions people make are shaped in part by rules and norms that constrain or induce choices. Over time groups develop strategies for solving particular problems. These shared strategies limit their choice set. Rules, norms, and shared strategies are collectively defined as institutions. I study how institutions affect the environment and in turn how environmental feedbacks influence institutional change. Beginning with my dissertation, I have used the lens of institutional analysis to investigate complex, sustainable governance challenges particularly those facing rapidly urbanizing regions. The means, approaches, empirical cases, and disciplines that I utilize in my research, however, have evolved significantly over the past decade, and have become increasingly transdisciplinary. 

Teaching:
My philosophy for teaching builds upon my transdisciplinary approach to research; I provide opportunities for my students to analyze institutions and governance issues by engaging both scholarly and real-world communities and push them to break down academic silos by utilizing diverse academic literatures and methods. York currently teaches the Environmental Social Science ESS 513 Institutions course, which focuses on institutional theory and analysis. I also teach ASB 316:Money and Culture, an undergraduate course that develops a lens to understand human decision-making. We explore intimate household economies, difficult economic choices in impoverished communities, the effect of larger macroeconomic and societal changes on microeconomic choices, and how sociological, economic, political, and anthropological theories are critical to examine decision-making.  Before coming to ASU, York was an assistant professor in the Department of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

 

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, I take a dynamic and systemic view, which necessitates collaboration with a diversity of natural and social science colleagues. Since I became an ASU faculty member I have expanded my collaborations allowing me to draw upon and contribute 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 I have created a unique research platform in the governance of social-ecological systems that will allow continued innovation in our empirical understanding of pressing, sustainability challenges and development of institutional analysis methods.

Domains:

Institutional Dynamics, Governance of Social-ecological Systems, Urbanization and Land Use Change, Urban Governance, Collaborative Adaptive Management, Institutional Analysis Methods

Courses

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

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
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 590 Reading and Conference

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 416 Economic Anthropology
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

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 - 5/31/2016).
  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-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 , 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 , Myint,Soe W , Nation,Marcia L , Nation,Marcia L , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , 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-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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