Charlotte Till

Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Charlotte is an International Graduate student from New Zealand who came to ASU to pursue her PhD in Anthropology in Aug 2013, thanks to receiving a Science and Innovation Scholarship through the Fulbright Program. She holds a BS majoring in Genetics and a BA majoring in Anthropology from Otago University, New Zealand. She received her Masters in Anthropology in May 2015 and is continuing on with PhD studies. Her main areas of interest are Human Migration, Migration Decision Making, and Environmental Perceptions. She is currently focusing on decision making in relation to migration, specifically in the context of environmental change. This is a very current and important issue that is being faced by an ever increasing number of people across the planet. She is looking forward to investigating this challenging topic and hopes to bring an anthropological perspective to what is increasingly a research area divorced from the 'people' involved. While the majority of literature in similar areas focuses on large international movements of those who live in the Global South, Charlotte's work focuses more closely on internal movements (domestic migration) of those in the developed Global North. Her field work was conducted in the US Gulf Coast, primarily in and around Terrebonne Parish. Progress depending she is planning to graduate at the end of 2021.


2007-2012 - BA (Hons) - Anthropology / BSc (Hons) - Genetics. Otago University, New Zealand

2013-2015 - MA Anthropology Arizona State University, USA

2015 - Present - PhD  Anthropology Arizona State University, USA. Advanced to Candidacy Spetember 2018

Research Interests

I am interested in bridging knowledge and understanding between Anthropology and Climate Research. Migration, Decision making, and the 'people' aspect of the situation rather than the 'numbers' is my main area of interest. The role of the enviornment in decision making is a big focus of mine. I am equally interested in trying to understand how personal perspectives about what "the environment" even means impact decision processes.

Being able to build a sound and successful research effort is also an interest on mine. I have been involved in investigating research effotrs where the best of intentions were not able to be followed through - with the hopes that the lessons learned from these efforts can be used to better inform future ones.

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