Stephanie Buechler

Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Policy - Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, School of Geography and Development


Adaptation programs/projects:

  • The irrigation-hydropower nexus in the Ganges headwaters. Water, Land, and Energy (WLE) Program. (Consultative Group on Agricultural Research (CGIAR), 2015-2017)
  • Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability: A Community Garden in a Low-Income Neighborhood in Tucson, Arizona. (Lead PI, 2013-)
  • Coupled Natural-Human Systems. Research in Rayon, Sonora, Mexico on changing livelihoods in a riparian community. (Co-PI, National Science Foundation, 2012-2015)
  • Arid Cities in Changing Climates: Urban Land and Water Use in the Desert Southwest. (Co-PI, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver office and Water Sustainability Program, University of Arizona, 2010-2013)

Selected publications:

  • Buechler, S., 2016. Gendered vulnerabilities and grassroots adaptation initiatives in home gardens and small orchards in Northwest Mexico. Open Access Special Issue: ‘Gender perspectives in resilience and adaptation to global change research’. Ambio: a Journal of the Human Environment, 45(3), 322-334.
  • Buechler, S., and A.-M. Hanson (eds.), 2015. A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change. London: Routledge. Buechler, S., 2015. Climate-water challenges and adaptation strategies of women in a riparian community in Sonora, Mexico. In Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change, S. Buechler and A.-M. Hanson, eds. London: Routledge.
  • Scott, C., and S. Buechler, 2013. Environmental and social change in the U.S. Mexico borderlands: Climate, water, and demographic futures. Ecosphere, 4(1): 1-16.
  • Buechler, S., 2012. Sustainability of gendered agricultural production in the context of water scarcity and climate change on the Mexican border with the United States, in Gender and Sustainability: Critical Case Studies from Asia and Latin America, ed. M.L. Cruz Torres and P. McElwee. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
  • Buechler, S., and D. Gayathri, 2012. Highlighting the user in wastewater research: Gender, caste and class in the study of wastewater-dependent livelihoods in Hyderabad, India, in Diverting the Flow: Gender Equity and Water in South Asia (S. Ahmed, S.R. Gautam, and M. Zwarteveen, eds.). New Delhi: Zubaan Books.
  • Buechler, S., 2009. Gender, water and climate change in Sonora, Mexico: Implications for policies and programmes on agricultural income generation, Gender and Development, 17(1): 51-66.

Employment highlights:

  • Ambassador for Sisters on the Planet, Oxfam America


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Binghamton University, 2001
  • M.A., Public Affairs, Cornell University, 1992
  • B.A., Political Science, Haverford College, 1989

Expertise Area

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach
  • Sustainability Options and Infrastructure
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Water Conservation, Supply, and Demand
  • Program Evaluation
  • Agriculture
  • Drought
  • Planning and Land Use
  • Human Dimensions of Climate Change
  • International and Development
  • Natural Resources Management

Language Area

  • Spanish

Geographic Area

  • Asia
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • US/Canada