Stephanie Buechler

About Stephanie Buechler

My research focuses on natural resource use under changing environmental conditions in rural, peri-urban and urban settings.  I have examined climate change adaptation and how this is linked with water and agriculture.  I have also been conducting research on food deserts and the role of community gardens in food access and food security in Tucson, Arizona.  I have also  conducted research on hydropower-livelihood linkages, with a focus on women and youth. I have added a focus too on gender, livelihoods and wind and solar energy linkages. I have conducted research in Guanajuato, Sonora and Zacatecas, Mexico, Tucson, Arizona, Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand, India, Tegucigalpa, Honduras and La Paz, Bolivia.  I am affiliated with Gender and Women's Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona.  My book with international case studies: A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change. 2015. S. Buechler and A. Hanson (eds.) can be ordered at:    Enter the code FLR40 at checkout to receive 20% off the list price. 

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Areas of Study

Human Responses to Environmental Change

Gender and Energy

Gender and the Environment

Urban Sustainability

Urban, peri-urban and rural agriculture

Migration, Economy and Environment

Water Resource Use and Livelihoods in the Context of Climate Change

Food Access and Food Security



Current and Recent Projects:

Towards Improved Synergies between Women's Natural Resource-based Livelihoods and Small and Large-scale Renewable Energy Projects in Arizona, U.S. and Zacatecas, Mexico.  Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments (CAZMEX).  With Dr. Veronica Vazquez-Garcia (Colegio de Postgraduados, Montecillo, Mexico), Dulce Maria Sosa (Researcher, Zacatecas, Mexico) and University of Arizona SGD/MDP graduate students and SGD undergraduate student.

Greening the Food Deserts of Tucson, Arizona.  Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice. Research project with SGD students and SGD colleague Daoqin Tong.  Examines role of community and backyard gardens in Tucson urban food deserts and ways to green these areas with pollinator-friendly vegetation.

Coupled Natural-Human Systems.  National Science Foundation funding.  With Christopher Scott, Tom Meixner, Randy Gimblett.  Riparian Communities in Sonora, Mexico.  My current area: Labor and Education Related Decision-making in a Changing Climate among Youth in Rayon, Sonora, Mexico.  My past area: cheese production, climate change and water scarcity in Rayon, Sonora, Mexico.

The Water-Energy Nexus in North India.  Funding from the Water, Land and Energy Program of the CGIAR.  With Christopher Scott and South Asian Partners.  My area: the effect of hydropower projects of different designs and scales on water-dependent livelihoods by gender and age.

Gender and climate change policies and on the ground effects on both sides of the border (Sonora, Mexico and S. Arizona). University of Arizona and Conacyt funding.  With Mimi Gay-Antaki (PhD student, SGD).  

Community Gardening and Rainwater Harvesting among a Low-income, Elderly and Disabled Population in Tucson, Arizona.

Arid Cities in Changing Climates.  BOR funding.  With Stephen Yool and Christopher Scott.  Examines the Tucson Urban Canopy including human responses at the household, neighborhood and city-wide level   to urban warming and the urban heat island, particularly those responses related to landscaping and water use. 


Research Interests

My research near the U.S.-Mexico border in Sonora, Mexico examines adaptation to climate change and water scarcity, youths' decision-making in agriculture in the context of rapid environmental change, migration in the context of economic crisis and environmental change, home processing of agricultural products including cheese and fruit products and social networks, and gender, agriculture and the environment.  My research also examines women's lives and livelihoods and renewable energy projects in Arizona and, with Mexican colleagues, in Zacatecas, Mexico.  My research in Tucson examines food deserts and the role of community gardens in food deserts in low-income neighborhoods as well as ways to green these areas with pollinator-friendly plants.  My research in Uttarakhand, India explores hydropower's impacts on rural gendered livelihoods.  Past research explored a community garden for the disabled and low-income that has a large-scale water harvesting system in Tucson; Tucson Urban Canopy and responses at the household, neighborhood and city level to climate change, the urban heat island and water resource scarcity.  


Selected Publications

Leigh-Anne Schmidt and Stephanie Buechler. 2017. “I risk everything because I have already lost everything.” Central America Women and Girls Speak Out on the Migrant Trail in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Journal of Latin American Geography, 16(1): 139-164.

Stephanie Buechler. 2016. Gendered Vulnerabilities and Grassroots Adaptation Initiatives in Home Gardens and Small Orchards in Northwest Mexico.  Special Issue: ‘Gender perspectives in resilience and adaptation to global change research’. Ambio a Journal of the Human Environment, 45(3), 322-334.

Stephanie Buechler.  2016. Ethnographic Immersions and Local Collaborations in the Study of Globalization and Environmental Change.  Ethnographic Collaborations In Latin America: The Effects Of Globalization. June Nash and Hans Buechler (eds).  Palgrave.

Stephanie Buechler and Anne-Marie Hanson (eds). 2015.  A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change.  London: Routledge.

Stephanie Buechler.  2015.  Climate-Water Challenges and Adaptation Strategies of Women in a Riparian Community in Sonora, Mexico.  In: Stephanie Buechler and Anne-Marie Hanson (eds).  A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change.  London: Routledge.

Stephanie Buechler. 2012. “Sustainability of Gendered Agricultural Production in the Context of Water Scarcity and Climate Change on the Mexican Border with the United States”.  María Luz Cruz Torres and Pamela McElwee (eds.) Gender, Natural Resources and Sustainability: Critical Case Studies from the Americas and Asia.  University of Arizona Press.

Stephanie Buechler.  2009.  “Gender, Water and Climate Change in Sonora, Mexico: Implications for Policies and Programmes on Agricultural Income Generation”.  Special Issue on Climate Change for journal Gender and Development.  17(1): 51-66.

Stephanie Buechler and Gayathri Devi Mekala.  2005.  “Local Responses to Water Resource Degradation in India: Groundwater Farmer Innovations and the Reversal of Knowledge Flows”. Special issue on water. Journal of Environment and Development.  (14) 4: 410-438.




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Contact Information

Stephanie Buechler
Assistant Research Professor
Telephone: 520-626-5314
Fax: 520-621-2889
Office: ENR2 S451


2001  Ph.D. Sociology Binghamton University 

1992  M.A. Public Affairs Cornell University 

1989 B.A. Political Science Haverford College 


Courses Taught

The MDP Culmination Project and Professional Development DVP 909

Cross-cohort Seminar DVP 642a

Global Classroom Introduction to Sustainable Development Practice DVP 641

Introduction to Sustainable Development Geog. 302

Gender and Natural Resource Management in Latin America Geog. 455/555

The Geography of International Development Geog. 370

The Political and Economic Geography of Globalization Geog. 233