Program Leadership

Zack Guido, Assistant Research Professor, Arizona Institutes for Resilience and School of Natural Resources and Environment

Zack Guido, Ph.D., has research interests in climate impacts; how people cope with and adapt couple social and environmental shocks and stressors; and the role of weather and climate information in decision-making. Zack has active research projects in the U.S. Southwest, the Caribbean, Bangladesh, and southern Africa. 

 

Corrie Hannah, Research Scientist, Arizona Institutes for Resilience and Humanitarian Assistance Technical Support

Corrie Hannah, Ph.D., has a current research focus on disaster recovery, equity and inclusion in disaster management, knowledge production of disaster risk management in developing countries, and the institutional and legal dimensions of displacement, migration, and climate change. Her research portfolio has incorporated quantitative and qualitative approaches to study community-based environmental governance, water resource management, water security, food security, food systems, and global environmental change impacts on rural communities in Central Asia and Eastern Africa.

Advisory Committee

Alex Braithwaite, Professor and Associate Director of the School of Government & Public Policy

Alex Braithwaite, Ph.D. has a research and teaching focus on the causes and contagion of violent and nonviolent conflict, including terrorism, protests, riots, civil war, and international wars. He is also very much interested in forced migration and refugee flows, the location of refugee and concentration camps, and border politics.  

 

Mette Brogden, Assistant Professor of Practice, Graduate Programs in Human Rights Practice 

Mette Brogden, Ph.D., is a cultural and medical anthropologist who has overseen the resettlement of over 6,000 refugees to the U.S. while serving in leadership positions in government and NGOs. Mette's research interests include international migration; trauma impacts and social healing from extreme violence, human rights violations and colonial legacies; environmental justice, rights of species and ecological systems; facilitation of multi-stakeholder policy development processes; how NGOs gain traction from start-up to scale-up; and developing communities of practice that provide social capital and collegial support among people working to address complex, intractable troubles. 

 

Heidi Brown, Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health 

Heidi E. Brown, Ph.D., MPH, has a research focus on understanding vector-borne and zoonotic disease transmission dynamics as a means of improving disease control. She works to identify human disease risk through modeling vector, host and pathogen distributions. Current research areas include vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, spatial epidemiology, and climate change.

 

Kevin Fitzsimmons, Professor, Environmental Science 

Kevin Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., is an international expert on sustainable aquaculture and aquaculture in international development. He actively advises countries on aquaculture operations, innovative aquaculture companies, and media covering that space. As Director for International Initiatives, he leads research programs abroad, supervises the Peace Corps recruiter on campus, maintains contacts with the CGIAR Centers, obtains funds and coordination for Borlaug and Fulbright Fellows, and provides connections with international alumni, students and visiting delegations and scholars

 

Nupur Joshi, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Geography, Development & Environment 

Nupur Joshi is a human-environment geographer with training in epidemiology and biostatistics. Her dissertation research takes place in the slum settlements of Nairobi, Kenya, where she examines relationships between housing security, COVID-19 lockdowns, and water insecurity in Nairobi. Her work seeks to inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of water infrastructure projects in slums in developing countries under UN Sustainable Development Goals and WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program. 

 

Jeffrey Michler, Assistant Professor, Agriculture and Resource Economics 

Jeffrey Michler, Ph.D., has a research focus on the application of contract theory and models of industrial organization to problems of agricultural risk management and rural development. His existing research focuses on how agricultural households manage risk to achieve their goals of sustainable development and food security. Complementing and expanding upon this, his recent research investigates the use of contracts in agriculture and estimates the impact of new technology on household welfare and health outcomes. These topics combine to reveal policy relevant insights about agricultural management practices in an uncertain environment. 

 

Adriana Zuniga-Teran, Assistant Research Scientist, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture and Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy 

Adriana Zuniga, Ph.D., has a research focus on the neighborhood and city scales that examines neighborhood design patterns that affect physical activity, wellbeing, and the use of greenspace. She explores questions related to green infrastructure and urban resilience, environmental justice, water security in cities, groundwater governance, and other environmental issues in arid lands. She teaches courses related to sustainability and history of the built environment for the Sustainable Built Environments degree program.