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About the Dean

About the Dean

About the Dean

Chris Boone

Professor and Dean School of Sustainability
Professor School of Human Evolution & Social Change, Arizona State University
Affiliate Faculty School of Public Affairs, ASU
Affiliate Faculty School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, ASU

School of Sustainability
P.O. Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1994

Dissertation: The Rio de Janeiro Tramway, Light and Power Company and the “Modernization” of Rio de Janeiro During the Old Republic

M.A., University of Toronto, 1989
B.A, Queen’s University (Canada), 1987
Post-Doctoral Fellow, McGill University, 1993-95


My research contributes to ongoing debates in sustainable urbanization, environmental justice, vulnerability, and global environmental change. I am a co-PI for the urban Long Term Ecological Research projects based in Baltimore and Phoenix, both supported by the National Science Foundation. For the past three years I have sat on the scientific steering committee for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project, a core initiative of the International Human Dimensions program, and also participated in the US Global Change Research Program’s US National Climate Assessment for Cities. I am an active contributor to Future Earth, an international initiative that aims to integrate the global environmental change community with a focus on sustainable outcomes.

I have co-authored two books on urban sustainability, City and Environment and Urbanization and Sustainability, and am the associate editor for Current Research on Cities. I serve on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Environment Justice. I am a member of the external advisory board for the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras IGERT program on the Urbanizing Tropics. Recently I became a member of the Mayo Clinic Green Committee. At ASU, I have taught classes on sustainable urbanization, urban and environmental health, principles and methods of sustainability, environmental justice, and interdisciplinary methods for socio-ecological research.

Based on a successful proposal to Cambridge University Press, I am a co-editor (with Norm Yoffee) of a new book series, New Directions in Sustainability and Society. We intend to use the excellent facilities at the Amerind Foundation to bring together leading thinkers and practitioners to address  fundamental sustainability issues. Each seminar is intended to lead to a monograph published in the series by Cambridge University Press.