Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs with a joint appointment in the Community and Regional Planning program in the School of Architecture. I serve as a core faculty member of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. My research focuses on climate and environmental governance, urban sustainability and resilience, hazard preparedness and response, and network science. I supervise both Masters and PhD students in the Sustainability Science, Policy, and Governance research group.
I am an environmental sociologist by training and my work is deeply interdisciplinary. I co-lead a Planet Texas 2050 Flagship Project and lead the Austin Area Sustainability Indicators project, which won the 2020 Community Impact Award from the Community Indicator Consortium. My research has recently been published in Frontiers in Water, Cities, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Science and Policy, Sustainability and Nonprofit Policy Forum.
In 2022, we are kicking off a couple of really exciting new sponsored projects. First, we are establishing a first of its kind Dept. of Energy-funded urban integrated field lab in southeast Texas collaborating with Texas A&M, Lamar University, and Oakridge National Laboratory. Second, with funding from NASA’s Equity and Environmental Justice program, we will be working with stakeholders to build a Climate Atlas for Austin!