Andrea K. Gerlak

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 a Professor in the School of Geography, Development and Environment and as a Research Professor at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. Presently, I serve as the Director of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, an applied public policy center focused on environmental and indigenous governance issues.

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 two decades of experience building, administering, and teaching in interdisciplinary environmental studies programs during my time as a faculty member at Guilford College and Columbia University.