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Katja Brundiers

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Senior Sustainability Scholar
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Biography: 

Katja Brundiers is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. 

Professor Brundiers' first line of work explores how efforts related to disaster management, resilience, and sustainability can be integrated to reduce disaster risk and advance sustainability. She investigates disasters as opportunities for change towards sustainability, building off her research experiences in Christchurch, New Zealand, Aceh, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, and Tempe, Arizona. Her current research interest focuses on exploring how to leverage change processes in normal times and post-disaster times in order to advance sustainability. 

In her other line of work, sustainability education, Katja's research and teaching relates to whole-person and project-based educational approaches, sustainability competencies and professional skill development, and collaborative methods supporting knowledge co-creation among students and practitioners. She employs these approaches in campus or community projects (Living Labs or Applied Learning for Sustainability), drawing on her previous work as head of seed-sustainability at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and as a sustainability consultant to the University of British Columbia (Canada). 

Education: 
  • Ph.D., Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2016
  • M.Sc., Geography, Cultural Anthropology, and Agriculture and Econoimcs, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2003
Publications: 

Brundiers, K. (2020). Leveraging Disasters for Sustainable Development, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 62(1), pp.15-27. https://doi.org/10.1080/00139157.2020.1687226  

Brundiers, K. & H. Eakin. 2018. Leveraging post-disaster windows of opportunities for change towards sustainability – A framework. Sustainability, 10(5), 1390; DOI: 10.3390/su10051390 (link

Brundiers, K. 2018. Disasters as opportunities for sustainability: The case of Christchurch, New Zealand. Sustainability Science 13(4), pp. 1075–1091, DOI: 10.1007/s11625-017-0523-4 (link

Brundiers, K. 2018. Educating for post-disaster sustainability efforts. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 27, pp. 406-414; DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.11.002 (link

Brundiers, K. and A. D. Wiek. 2017. Beyond interpersonal competence: Teaching and learning professional skills in sustainability. Education Sciences 7(1):Art. 39. DOI: 10.3390/educsci7010039. (link )

Bernstein, M. J., A. Wiek, K. Brundiers, K. Pearson, A. Garinger, B. Kay and A. Golub. 2016. Mitigating urban sprawl effects: A collaborative tree and shade intervention in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 21(4):414-431. DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2014.965672. (link )

Wiek, A., A. Xiong, K. Brundiers and S. E. van der Leeuw. 2014. Integrating problem- and project-based learning into sustainability programs: A case study on the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 15(4):431-449. DOI: 10.1108/IJSHE-02-2013-0013. (link )

Brundiers, K. and A. Wiek. 2013. Do we teach what we preach? An international comparison of problem- and project-based learning courses in sustainability. Sustainability 5(4):1725-1746. DOI: 10.3390/su5041725. (link )

Brundiers, K., A. Wiek and B. Kay. 2013. The role of transacademic interface managers in transformational sustainability research and education. Sustainability 5(11):4614-4636. DOI: 10.3390/su5114614. (link )

Brundiers, K. and A. D. Wiek. 2011. Educating students in real-world sustainability research: Vision and implementation. Innovative Higher Education 36(2):107-124. DOI: 10.1007/s10755-010-9161-9. (link )

Brundiers, K., A. D. Wiek and C. L. Redman. 2010. Real-world learning opportunities in sustainability — from classroom into the real-world. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 11(4):308-324. (link )

Wiek, A. D., R. Ries, L. Thabrew, K. Brundiers and A. Wickramasinghe. 2010. Challenges of sustainable recovery processes in tsunami affected communities. Disaster Prevention and Management 19(4):423-437. (link )

Brundiers, K. and A. Odermatt. 2002. Analyzing social spatial processes of integration and disintegration by examining the local housing market. A case study of Beirut, Lebanon. The Arab World Geographer 5(4):209-231.

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 232Prof Skills in Sustainability
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 559GSS Perspectives Seminar
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 484Internship
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 232Prof Skills in Sustainability
SOS 484Internship
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 590Reading and Conference
SOS 594Conference and Workshop
SOS 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 232Prof Skills in Sustainability
SOS 559GSS Perspectives Seminar
SOS 598Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 232Prof Skills in Sustainability
SOS 484Internship
SOS 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 232Prof Skills in Sustainability
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 557GSS Sust Research Prep
SOS 598Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 232Prof Skills in Sustainability
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 230Professional Skills-Sustainabi
SOS 594Conference and Workshop
SOS 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 230Professional Skills-Sustainabi
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 230Professional Skills-Sustainabi
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 230Professional Skills-Sustainabi
Honors / Awards: 
  • AASHE Campus Sustainability Research Award, 2017  
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Mention, Arizona State University, 2016
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Emerald Literati Network, 2015
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2013
  • President's Award for Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2009
Professional Associations: 

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Guest professorship at the Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research, Leuphana University, Luneburg, Germany

Guest professorship with the Pathways to Sustainability initiative, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands