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Abigail.York@asu.edu

Assoc Professor
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Mail Code: 2402

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Bio

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

SHESC Themes: Societies and their Natural Environments, Urban Societies

Field Specializations: Institutions, Political Economy, Public Policy

Regional Focus: North America, Asia

 

Education

Ph.D., 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.  She also teaches ASB 416:Economic Anthropology an undergraduate course that explores various theories of human decision-making using examples from students’ lives, e.g. the current foreclosure crisis in Phoenix, as well as examples from around the world, i.e. how the Soviet State changed farmers’ behaviors. 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

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

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ESS 513 Institutions

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 416 Economic Anthropology
ASB 591 Seminar
ESS 591 Seminar
SOS 321 Policy & Gov in Sustain Systms

Summer 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 394 Special Topics

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Childs, Cameron, Abigail M. York, David White, Michael L. Schoon, Gita Bodner. Navigating a murky adaptive comanagement governance network: Agua Fria Watershed, Arizona, USA. Ecology and Society (2013).

  2. Wutich, Amber, Alexandra Brewis, Abigail M. York, Rhian Stotts. Rules, norms, and fairness: A cross-cultural study of perceived justice in water institutions. Society & Natural Resources (2013).

  3. York, Abigail M., Richard Feiock, and Annette Steinacker. Explaining City Economic Development and Growth Management Policy Choices. State and Local Government Review (2013).

  4. Zhang, Sainan, Abigail M. York, Christopher G. Boone, and Milan Shrestha. Methodological Advances in the Spatial and Gradient Analysis of Land Fragmentation. Professional Geographer (2013).

  5. Book chapter: Amber Wutich, Alexandra Brewis, Sveinn Sigurdsson, Rhian Stotts, Abigail York. Fairness and the Human Right to Water: A Preliminary Cross-cultural Theory. The Social Life of Water in a Time of Crisis. Berghahn Books (2013).

  6. Book chapter: Bob Bolin, Michelle Hegmon, Lisa Meierotto, Abigail York. Double Exposure in the Sunbelt: The Sociospatial Distribution of Vulnerability in Phoenix, Arizona.. Linking Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice and Global Environmental Change: A Framework for Urban Sustainability. Springer (2013).

  7. Boone, Christopher G., Marcia Nation, Sharon Hall, Carol Raish, Deborah M Finch, Nancy Grimm, Elizabeth Cook, Abigail M. York. A comparative Gradient Approach to Understanding and Managing Urban Ecosystems.. Urban Ecosystems (2012).

  8. Shrestha, Milan, Abigail M. York, Christopher G. Boone, Sainan Zhang.. Land fragmentation due to rapid urbanization in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area: Analyzing the spatiotemporal patterns and drivers. Applied Geography (2012).

  9. Wutich, Amber, Abigail. M. York, Alexandra Brewis, Rhian Stotts , Christopher Roberts. Shared cultural norms for justice in water institutions: Results from Fiji, Ecuador, Paraguay, New Zealand, and the U.S.. Journal of Environmental Management. (2012).

  10. Book chapter: York, Abigail M. and Darla K. Munroe. Resources in Fast-Growing Communities at the Urban-Rural Fringe. Land-use Institutions and Natural Human-Environment Interactions: current and future directions.. Springer Press: New York. (2012).

  11. Schoon, Michael and Abigail M. York. Cooperation across Boundaries: The Role of Political Entrepreneurs in Environmental Collaboration. Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research (2011).

  12. York, Abigail M. and Michael L. Schoon. Collective Action on the Western Range: Coping with External and Internal Threats. International Journal of the Commons (2011).

  13. York, Abigail M. and Michael L. Schoon.. Collaboration in the Shadow of the Wall: Shifting Power in the Borderlands.. Policy Sciences. (2011).

  14. York, Abigail M., Allain Barnett, Amber Wutich, and Beatrice Crona.. Household Bottled Water Consumption in Phoenix: A Lifestyle Choice.. Water International (2011).

  15. York, Abigail M., Michael E. Smith, Benjamin W. Stanl1ey, Barbara L. Stark, Juliana Novic, Sharon L. Harlan, George L. Cowgill, and Christopher Boone. Ethnic and Class Clustering Through the Ages: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Urban Neighborhood Social Patterns. Urban Studies (2011).

  16. York, Abigail M., Milan Shrestha, Christopher G Boone, Sainan Zhang, John Harrington, Tom Prebyl, Amaris Swann, Mike Agar, Michael Antolin, Barbara Nolin, John Wright, Rhonda Skaggs. Land Fragmentation under Rapid. Urbanization: A Cross-site Analysis of Southwestern Cities. Urban Ecosystems (2011).

  17. Abigail M. York, Darla K. Munroe. Urban encroachment, forest regrowth and land-use institutions: Does zoning matter?. Land Use Policy (2010).

  18. Derek Kauneckis, Abigail York. An Empirical Evaluation of Private Landowner Participation in Voluntary Forest Conservation Programs. Environmental Management (2009).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Smith,Michael E * , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Harlan,Sharon , York,Abigail , . Service Access in Premodern Cities. NSF-ENG-BCS (6/15/2013 - 5/31/2015).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. 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 - 8/31/2015).
  7. 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).
  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 International & General Supplements. NSF-BIO (7/6/2006 - 11/30/2011).
  9. 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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