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Abigail York

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

Fascinated by the ways that people come together to collectively govern resources, York investigates how, when, why, and who is able to manage neighborhoods, cities, forests, water resources, biodiversity hotpots, and agricultural lands sustainably. By focusing on diverse research sites in the present, historic, and ancient contexts within the USA and around the world, she is able to better understand generalizable principles for governance. Funded by National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, York has examined urbanization in the southwest USA, collaborative environmental governance, land use policy adoption, community forestry in Nepal, premodern cities’ public service provisioning throughout the world, land use and environmental injustice in Phoenix, water policy and agricultural livelihoods and transitions in Arizona, and the ability of communities to leverage fracking revenue for more sustainable futures in Appalachia. York deploys diverse methods including econometrics, social network analysis, spatial analysis, surveys, content analysis, and fieldwork; results from this work are integrated into decision-making models, agent-based models, and scenarios.

York has taken on leadership roles with the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Central-Arizona Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Site, and Planetworks facilitating the integration of governance research into these larger enterprises and enabling translation of this work for practitioners, local communities, and the public. In sum, York’s work integrates governance within the larger social and environmental context; gathering insights from the local to the global and the past, present, and future, her research agenda pushes forward our understanding of governance dynamics by investigating how changes in policies and rules affect the social, environmental, and community conditions and in turn how changes in social, environmental, and community context lead, or do not lead, to changes in governance. These dynamics do not affect everyone in the same way, so York’s work also unpacks impacts on diverse populations and stakeholders. 

Education

PhD, Public Policy - Indiana University

BA, Economics - Knox College

 

 

 

Videos
Managing Water for Irrigated Agriculture in the Central Arizona Desert
Publications

2016-17 Publications

Kevin and Abigail M. York. 2017. Prices, policies, and place: What drives greenfield development? Land Use Policy. 68: 415-428.

York, Abigail M., Kevin Kane, Christopher M. Clark, Lauren E. Gentile, Amber Wutich and Sharon L. Harlan. 2017. What determines support for development impact fees? State and Local Government Review. 49(1).

Ripplinger, Julie, Scott L. Collins, Abigail M. York, and Janet Franklin.  2017. Boom–bust Economics and vegetation dynamics in a desert city: How strong is the link? Ecosphere 8, no. 5.

Sullivan, Abigail, Abigail M. York, Li An, Scott T. Yabiku, and Sharon J. Hall. 2017. How does perception at multiple levels influence collective action in the commons? The case of Mikania micrantha in Chitwan, Nepal. Forest Policy and Economics 80: 1-10.

Sullivan, Abigail, Abigail York, Dave White, Sharon Hall, and Scott Yabiku. 2017. De jure versus de facto institutions: trust, information, and collective efforts to manage the invasive mile-a-minute weed (Mikania micrantha). International Journal of the Commons 11, no. 1

Schoon, Michael, Abigail York, Abigail Sullivan, and Jacopo Baggio. 2016. The emergence of an environmental governance network: the case of the Arizona borderlands. Regional Environmental Change: 1-13.

Smith, Michael E, Timothy Dennehy, April Kamp-Whittaker, Benjamin W. Stanley, Barbara L Stark, and Abigail York. 2016. Conceptual approaches to service provision in cities throughout history. Urban Studies. 53(8) 1574–1590

Eakin, Hallie, Abigail York, Rimjhim Aggarwal, Summer Waters, Jessica Welch, Cathy Rubiños, Skaidra Smith-Heisters, Chrissie Bausch, John M. Anderies. 2016. Cognitive and Institutional Influences on Farmers’ Adaptive Capacity: Insights into Barriers and Opportunities for Transformative Change in Central Arizona. Regional Environmental Change. 16: 801–814

Stanley, Benjamin, Michael E. Smith, Timothy Dennehy, George Cowgill, Jerry Ek, Juliana Novic, Barbara Stark, Abigail M. York. 2016. Service Access in Premodern Cities: An Exploratory Comparison of Spatial Equity. Journal of Urban History. 42(1): 121-144.

 

Research Activity

 

Recent External Awards 

 

2017-2021 National Science Foundation. Decision Risk Management Sciences. “Escaping the boom-bust cycle: Identifying sustainable governance strategies for shaledependent communities.” $351,581. Abigail York (PI).

 

2016-2018 National Science Foundation. Division of Biology. “LTER: CAP IV: Design with Nature: A Framework for Exploring Urban Ecology and Sustainability.” $1,127,000. Daniel Childers, Abigail York (Co-PI), and others.

 

2013-2015 National Science Foundation. Archaeology, Political Science, Sociology, Geography. “Service Access in Premodern Cities.” $404,674. Michael Smith (PI), Abigail York (Co-PI), and others.

 

2012-2017 National Science Foundation. Coupled Natural Human Systems. “Feedbacks Between Human Community Dynamics and Socio-Ecological Vulnerability in an Ecological Hotspot.” $1,449,521. Scott Yabiku (PI), Abigail York (Co-PI), and

others.

 

2011-2013 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA Climate and Societal Interactions Program. FOA# NOAA-OAR-CPO-2011-2002561-2202404. “Risk perception, Institutions, and Water Conservation: Enhancing Agricultural Adaptation to Future Water Scarcity in Central Arizona” $300,000. Hallie Eakin (PI), Abigail York (Co-PI), John M. Anderies (Co-PI), and Timothy Lant (Co-

PI).

Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ESS 513Institutions
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 394Special Topics
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 210Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect
ASB 316Money and Culture
ASB 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 316Money and Culture
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ESS 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 210Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect
ASB 316Money and Culture
ASB 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ESS 513Institutions
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 316Money and Culture
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ESS 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 210Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect
ASB 316Money and Culture
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ESS 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 316Money and Culture
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ESS 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 210Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect
ASB 316Money and Culture
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ESS 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ESS 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ESS 592Research
ASB 592Research
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 210Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

DOCTORAL COMMITTEES

Christina Brelsford, PhD Sustainability (co-chair)

Adrian Chase, Archaeology

Nonso Chidebell-Emordi, PhD Sustainability (chair)

Lauren Gentile, PhD Environmental Social Science 

Rebecca Hale, PhD Ecology

Kevin Kane, PhD Geography

Emma Laurens, Environmental Social Science (chair)

Sarah McCool, PhD Global Health

Julie Ripplinger, PhD Ecology

Abigail Sullivan, PhD Environmental Social Science (chair)

Carissa Taylor, PhD Sustainability

Sainan Zhang, PhD Sustainability

 

MASTERS COMMITTEES

Cameron Childs, MA Sustainability (chair)

Ann Marie Raymondi, MA Sustainability (co-chair)

Riley Smith, MA Sustainability

Jessica Welch, MA Sustainability (chair)

 

HONORS UNDERGRADUATE COMMITTEES

Bridgette Gilliland, Anthropology

Hyejung Lim, Sustainability

Erica Pedersen, Political Science (chair)

 

INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS

Erin Brechbiel

Hannah Griffths

Work History

Assistant Professor 2005-2007, University of Missouri-Kansas City