Diane Austin

Professor and Director - School of Anthropology

Research Anthropologist - Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology



  • Ecological Restoration: A Critical Look Moving Targets and Interconnected Webs: Studying Socioeconomic Effects of Ecosystem Change
  • Exploring Local-Level Adaptation: A Case Study from Southern Louisiana

Selected adaptation publications:

  • Austin, D., and B. Drye. The water that can’t be stopped: Southern Paiute perspectives on the Colorado River and the operations of Glen Canyon Dam. Policy and Society,30(4): 285-300, 2013.
  • Austin, D. Confronting environmental challenges on the U.S.-Mexico border: Examining a long-term community-based participatory research program. Journal of Community Practice, 8(2): 361-395, 2010.
  • Austin, D., and F. Trujillo. Composting toilets and water harvesting: Alternatives for conserving and protecting water in Nogales, Sonora. Report prepared at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Border Environment Cooperation Commission. January, 2010.
  • Austin, D.E.  Partnerships, not projects! Improving the environment through collaborative research and action. Human Organization, 63(4): 419-430, 2004.
  • Austin, D.E.  Community-based collaborative team ethnography: A community-university-agency partnership. Human Organization, 62(2): 143-152, 2003.


  • Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, 1994
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering Sciences, California Institute of Technology, 1983
  • B.S., Environmental Sciences/Biology, Texas Christian University, 1981
  • B.S., Elementary Education, Texas Christian University, 1981

Expertise Area

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach
  • Public Policy and Governance
  • Ecology and Restoration
  • Human Dimensions of Climate Change
  • Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving

Language Area

  • Spanish

Geographic Area

  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • US/Canada