Andrea Gerlak

Director - Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
Research Professor - Environmental Policy Programs, Udall Center
Professor - School of Geography, Development, and Environment
Andrea Gerlak
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Adaptation Programs/Projects

Employment Highlights

  • Ladd Holist Award for Service, International Studies Association
  • Greater Tucson Leadership, Fellow
  • Earth System Governance, Senior Research Fellow

Selected Publications

  • Haemmerli, Hannah L., Andrea K. Gerlak, and Tyler Swanson. 2024. Reimagining hydropower in the United States. WIREs Water 
  • Rittelmeyer, Pamela, Mark Lubell, Meredith Hovis, Tanya Heikkila, Andrea K. Gerlak and Tara Pozzi. 2024. Knowledge is not power: Learning in polycentric governance systems. Review of Policy Research DOI: 10.1111/ropr.12606  
  • Koebele, Elizabeth A., Linda E. Linda E. Méndez-Barrientos, Nikki Nadeau, and Andrea K. Gerlak. 2023. Beyond engagement: Enhancing equity in collaborative water governance. WIRES Water 11(2). E1687. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1687 
  • Heikkila, Tanya, Andrea K. Gerlak, and Betsy Smith. 2023. Diagnosing Individual Barriers to Collective Learning: How Governance Contexts Shape Cognitive Biases. Journal of European Public Policy DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2023.2251525. 
  • Pascaris, Alexis S., Andrea K. Gerlak, and Greg Barron-Gafford. 2023. From niche-innovation to mainstream markets: Drivers and challenges of industry adoption of agrivoltaics in the U.S. Energy Policy 181: 113694.


  • PhD, Political Science, University of Arizona
  • MA, Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • BA, Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Geographic Area
Latin America and Caribbean
Western Europe
Expertise Area
Climate Communication
Human Dimensions of Climate Change
International and Development
Natural Resources Management
Public Policy and Governance
Transboundary Water
Tribal Adaptation and Science Support
Water Conservation, Supply, and Demand