Andrea K. Gerlak


My research agenda examines the causes of—and innovative solutions to—some of our world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Broadly speaking, I am interested in how we can better design institutions to promote adaptive, flexible policies to improve human and ecosystem well-being and produce fair and equitable decisions.

I hold a joint appointment at the University of Arizona as an Associate Professor in the School of Geography and Development and as an Associate Research Professor at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. 

Presently, I serve as a co-editor for the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, an international journal published by Taylor and Francis providing a forum for the critical analysis of environmental policy and planning. I am also a member of the editorial board for Anthropocene, a journal addressing the nature, scale, and extent of the influence that people have on Earth.

Before joining the School of Geography and Development, I served as the director of academic development with the International Studies Association where I facilitated academic development across ISA’s substantive academic sections, including developing programs to foster junior scholar engagement and program development in international studies. In addition, I have over ten years’ experience building, administering, and teaching in interdisciplinary environmental studies programs during my time as a faculty member at Guilford College and Columbia University.