Stephanie Buechler

About Stephanie Buechler

Dr. Stephanie Buechler My research focuses on natural resource use under changing environmental conditions in rural, peri-urban and urban settings. I have conducted research in Guanajuato, Sonora, Chihuahua and Zacatecas states in Mexico; the city of Tucson, border communities and rural Arizona; Hyderabad and Uttarakhand, India; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and La Paz, Bolivia. I am currently or have recently conducted research (usually as part of teams including graduate students) on people's perceptions of the international wastewater treatment plant at the U.S.-Mexico border in Rio Rico, Arizona; on women and mining in Cucurpe, Sonora; on women's experiences with renewable energy in their homes and with large-scale projects in urban and rural Arizona and, with Mexican colleagues, in Zacatecas, Mexico; female and male youth's decision-making related to education, agricultural livelihoods and migration in the context of rapid environmental change in Rayón, Sonora; small farmers' experiences with hydroelectric power projects in Uttarakhand, India; social, environmental and economic sustainability of community gardens for low-income populations in Tucson, Arizona; and women's strategies in the context of climate and water resource challenges in kitchen gardens in San Ignacio and in cheese production in Rayón, both in Sonora, Mexico.  CV [download]

Areas of Study

Human Responses to Environmental Change

Gender and Renewable Energy

Gender and the Environment

Youth, Gender and the Environment

Women and Mining

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



Selected Current and Recent Projects:

Evaluation of the Transborder Impact of Sanitation Infrastructure Projects in Ambos Nogales. Funded by the North American Development Bank (NADBANK). With Dr. Rigoberto Garcia (COLEF, Nogales, Mexico), Adriana Zuniga-Teran (UA), Christopher Scott (UA), Luis Cervera, Sergio Pena and others and UA graduate student Karina Martinez.

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.  Other collaborative research includes women in mining in Sonora, 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.  Theoretical frameworks I use are feminist political ecology, energy justice, socio-ecological systems, double exposures and others.  


Selected Publications

Stephanie Buechler and America N. Lutz Ley.  2019.  Livelihoods with Multiple Stressors: Gendered Youth Decision-making Under Global Change in Northwest Mexico. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

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
Associate Research Professor (continuing status)
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

Natural Resource Systems: Applications in Tucson, southern Arizona and the Border DVP 621

The MDP Culmination Project and Professional Development DVP 909

Field Practicum Analysis DVP 689

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