Abigail York

School of Human Evolution and Social Change BUILDING
274
TEMPE
Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2402
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2402

Biography

Over the last two decades, Abigail York built a research program focused on the governance of social-ecological systems scaling from the local to the global. With approximately $30m in funding from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and United States Department of Agriculture (approximately $2.5m in personal recognition), York leads large transdisciplinary teams that work to reveal and test the underlying factors leading to collective action. In 49 peer-reviewed publications, York has explored urbanization, the persistence of premodern cities and neighborhoods, management of community forestry in the USA and Nepal, collaborative adaptive management, fracking in Appalachia, agriculture and Western water issues in the USA, and, most recently, adaptation to sea ice change in the Arctic.

York leads the $3m NSF funded ARC-NAV: Arctic Robust Communities-Navigating Adaptation to Variability. The team includes eight faculty collaborators, one post-doctoral fellow, five graduate students, and seven undergraduate students at the University of Northern Iowa, Columbia University, McGill University, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Through coproduction of science with local and Indigenous communities and regional stakeholders in Chukotka and Kamchatka, Russia and Alaska, USA the team seeks to 1) understand how diverse communities and stakeholders perceive changing conditions and frame uncertainty associated with sea ice variability, 2) document and understand change in the "hot spots" of sea ice variability, 3) unpack the multi-level governance of this complex system, and 4) explore how to the design a better -- and more flexible -- governance and built infrastructure to adapt to changing Arctic conditions.

York co-leads several efforts to advance transdisciplinary education (see Sustainability Developing Change Agents: Innovative Practices for Sustainability Leadership co-edited with Kristi L. Kremers, Alexander S. Liepins). At ASU, Nancy Grimm and York seek to revolutionize the way we train graduate scholars for careers in the Anthropocene by co-leading and building the Earth System Science for the Anthropocene (ESSA) Graduate Education Network in the Global Future Lab. Challenges of this new age require systems thinking and convergence across disciplines in collaborative team science. ESSA scholars will recognize diverse ways of knowing and the societal and cultural underpinnings of Anthropocene challenges that enable effective communication beyond the academy and a focus on solutions that are just and equitable. ESSA scholars will design their curricula to incorporate these elements and engage together in problem-based learning. Graduate students seeking to join York's research group or to learn more about the ESSA network should contact her to set up a time to discuss opportunities.

York is committed to developing students' ability to conduct and understand empirical social science in their everyday lives as global citizens and for their future diverse career paths. She is deeply committed to increasing access to hands-on research opportunities for all undergraduate students, especially ASU's Online Students. ASU undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to be a part of York's research team through SHESC's Research Apprentice Program.

York is a founding member of A Network for Graduate Leadership in the Environment and Sustainability (2017-, directed the Environmental Social Science PhD program (2014-2018), was the Associate Director with the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (2014-2018), served as on the Executive Committee in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (2019-2020), is on Executive Committee of the Central Arizona Phoenix-Long-term Ecological Research Site (2016-), and currently represents over 125 external affiliates as the External Representative on the Workshop Advisory Committee for the internationally recognized Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University (2019-).

Education

  • Ph.D. Public Policy, Indiana University
  • B.A. Economics, Knox College

 

 

 

Google Scholar

Publications

2020

Locke, D.H.ƚ, A. York, J.M. Grove. 2020. Know your watershed and know your neighbor: Paths to supporting urban watershed conservation and restoration in Baltimore, MD and Phoenix, AZ

Landscape and Urban Planning (195) March 2020, 103714.

 

2019

 

York, A., A. Sullivan, J.C. Bauschƚ. 2019. Cross-scale Interactions of Socio-hydrological Subsystems: Examining the Frontier of Common Pool Resource Governance in Arizona. Environmental Research Letters (14) 12501.

 

Smith, V.K, K.L. Larson, A. York. 2019. Using quality signaling to enhance survey response rates. 2019. Applied Economics Letters, 1-4.

               

Larson, K., E. Corley, R. Andrade, S. Hall, A. York, S. Meerow, P. Coseo, D. Childers, D. Hondula. 2019. Subjective evaluations of ecosystem services and disservices: an approach to creating Ecology and Society 24(2).  

 

Ruseva, T., M. Foster*, G. Arnold, S. Siddiki, A. York, R. Pudney*, and Z. Chen*. 2019. Applying Policy Process Theories to Environmental Governance Research: Themes and New Directions. Policy Studies Journal Yearbook. 47. SS66-SS95.  

 

2018

 

Sullivan, A.* , L. An, L., and A. York. 2018 Which Perspective of Institutional Change Best Fits Empirical Data? An Agent-Based Model Comparison of Rational Choice and Cultural Diffusion in Invasive Plant Management. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 21(1), 1-5.

 

Wentz E.A., A.M. York, M. Alberti , L. Conrow, H. Fischer, L. Inostroza, C. Jantz , S.T. Pickett, K.C. Seto, H. Taubenböck . Six fundamental aspects for conceptualizing multidimensional urban form: A spatial mapping perspective. Landscape and Urban Planning. 2018 Nov 1: 179:55-62.

 

 

Hopkins, K. G.ƚ, N. B. Grimm and A. M. York. 2018. Influence of governance structure on green stormwater infrastructure investment. Environmental Science & Policy 84:124-133.

 

2017

 

Kane, K.* and A.M. York., 2017. Prices, policies, and place: What drives greenfield development? Land Use Policy, 68: 415-428.

 

Ripplinger, J.*, S. L. Collins, A. M. York, and J. Franklin. 2017. Boom-bust economics and vegetation dynamics in a desert city: How strong is the link? Ecosphere 8(5):e01826.

 

Schoon, M. L., A. M. York, A. Sullivan* and J. Baggio. 2017. The emergence of an environmental governance network: The case of the Arizona borderlands. Regional Environmental Change 17(3):677-689.

Sullivan, A.*, A. M. York, L. An, S. T. Yabiku and S. J. Hall. 2017. How does perception at multiple levels influence collective action in the commons? The case of Mikania micrantha in Chitwan, Nepal. Forest Policy and Economics 80(Jul):1-10.

 

Sullivan, A.*, A. M. York, D. D. White, S. J. Hall and S. T. Yabiku. 2017. De jure versus de facto institutions: Trust, information, and collective efforts to manage the invasive mile-a-minute weed (Mikania micrantha). International Journal of the Commons 11(1).

 

York, A. M., K. Kane*, C. M. Clarkƚ, L. E. Gentile*, A. Wutich and S. L. Harlan. 2017. What determines public support for graduated development impact fees? State and Local Government Review 49(1):15-26.

 

2016

 

Eakin, H., A. York, R. Aggarwal, S. Waters, J. Welch*, C. Rubinos*, S. Smith-Heisters*, C. Bausch* and J. M. Anderies. 2016. Cognitive and institutional influences on farmers’ adaptive capacity: Insights into barriers and opportunities for transformative change in central Arizona. Regional Environmental Change 16(3):801-814.

 

Smith, M. E., T. Dennehy*, A. Kamp-Whittaker*, B. W. Stanley, B. L. Starkƚ and A. M. York. 2016. Conceptual approaches to service provision in cities throughout history. Urban Studies 53(8):1874-1590.

 

Smith, M. E., B. L. Stark, W. Chuangƚ, T. J. Dennehy*, S. L. Harlan, A. Kamp-Whittaker*, B. W. Stanleyƚ and A. M. York. 2016. Comparative methods for premodern cities: Coding for governance and class mobility. Cross-Cultural Research 50(5):415-451.

 

Stanley, B. W.ƚ, T. J. Dennehy*, M. E. Smith, B. L. Stark, A. M. York, G. L. Cowgill, J. Novic* and J. Ek. 2016. Service access in premodern cities: An exploratory comparison of spatial equity. Journal of Urban History 42(1):121-144.

 

Research Activity

 

Recent External Awards 

 

2017-2021 National Science Foundation. Decision Risk Management Sciences. “Escaping the boom-bust cycle: Identifying sustainable governance strategies for shaledependent communities.” $351,581. Abigail York (PI).

 

2016-2018 National Science Foundation. Division of Biology. “LTER: CAP IV: Design with Nature: A Framework for Exploring Urban Ecology and Sustainability.” $1,127,000. Daniel Childers, Abigail York (Co-PI), and others.

 

2013-2015 National Science Foundation. Archaeology, Political Science, Sociology, Geography. “Service Access in Premodern Cities.” $404,674. Michael Smith (PI), Abigail York (Co-PI), and others.

 

2012-2017 National Science Foundation. Coupled Natural Human Systems. “Feedbacks Between Human Community Dynamics and Socio-Ecological Vulnerability in an Ecological Hotspot.” $1,449,521. Scott Yabiku (PI), Abigail York (Co-PI), and

others.

 

2011-2013 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA Climate and Societal Interactions Program. FOA# NOAA-OAR-CPO-2011-2002561-2202404. “Risk perception, Institutions, and Water Conservation: Enhancing Agricultural Adaptation to Future Water Scarcity in Central Arizona” $300,000. Hallie Eakin (PI), Abigail York (Co-PI), John M. Anderies (Co-PI), and Timothy Lant (Co-

PI).

Courses

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 394Special Topics
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 316Money and Culture
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ESS 513Institutions
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 316Money and Culture
ASB 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 394Special Topics
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 316Money and Culture
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 316Money and Culture
ASB 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ESS 513Institutions
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 394Special Topics
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 210Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect
ASB 316Money and Culture
ASB 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 316Money and Culture
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ESS 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 210Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect
ASB 316Money and Culture
ASB 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ESS 513Institutions
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

DOCTORAL COMMITTEES

Christina Brelsford, PhD Sustainability (co-chair)

Adrian Chase, Archaeology

Nonso Chidebell-Emordi, PhD Sustainability (chair)

Lauren Gentile, PhD Environmental Social Science 

Rebecca Hale, PhD Ecology

Kevin Kane, PhD Geography

Emma Laurens, Environmental Social Science (chair)

Sarah McCool, PhD Global Health

Julie Ripplinger, PhD Ecology

Abigail Sullivan, PhD Environmental Social Science (chair)

Carissa Taylor, PhD Sustainability

Sainan Zhang, PhD Sustainability

 

MASTERS COMMITTEES

Cameron Childs, MA Sustainability (chair)

Ann Marie Raymondi, MA Sustainability (co-chair)

Riley Smith, MA Sustainability

Jessica Welch, MA Sustainability (chair)

 

HONORS UNDERGRADUATE COMMITTEES

Bridgette Gilliland, Anthropology

Hyejung Lim, Sustainability

Erica Pedersen, Political Science (chair)

 

INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS

Erin Brechbiel

Hannah Griffths

Work History

Assistant Professor 2005-2007, University of Missouri-Kansas City