Stephanie Buechler

Associate Research Scientist in Environmental Policy, Udall Center
Associate Research Professor, Udall Center
Associate Research Professor, School of Geography, Development and Environment

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Stephanie Buechler, PhD, is an associate research scientist in environmental policy at the Udall Center; and an associate research professor in the School of Geography, Development and Environment at the University of Arizona. She teaches in the multi-disciplinary Master's in Development Practice program within the School of Geography, Development and Environment. Buechler holds a PhD in sociology from Binghamton University (2001), an MA in public affairs from Cornell University (1992), and a BA in political science form Haverford College (1989).

Her research focusses on gendered natural resource use under changing environmental conditions in rural, peri-urban and urban settings; gender, agriculture and renewable energy projects; gender and mining and youth and climate change. She has conducted research in Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Sonora, Mexico; Tucson, Arizona and upstate New York;, U.S.A.; Hyderabad and Uttarakhand, India; and Tegucigalpa, Honduras and will soon embark on research on gendered livelihoods and environmental displacement due to climate change in Argentina. She is also affiliated with the Institute for the Environment; Gender and Women's Studies; and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona.

Areas of expertise and research interests:

  • gender and natural resource management
  • gender, agriculture and water
  • gender, migration and climate change
  • gender and climate adaptation
  • urban, peri-urban and rural agricultural livelihoods
  • gender, agriculture and renewable energy
  • gender and mining
  • youth's experiences with flooding

List of courses offered

  • Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice (Master’s in Development Practice Program, School of Geography and Development)
  • Field Practicum Analysis (Master’s in Development Practice Program, School of Geography and Development)
  • Natural Resource Management: Applications in Tucson, Southern Arizona and the Border (MDP program, School of Geography, Development and Environment)
  • Essential Management Principles of Development (MDP Program, School of Geography, Development and Environment)


Selected Publications

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América Lutz Ley and Stephanie Buechler. 2020. Mining and women in northwest Mexico: a feminist political ecology approach to impacts on rural livelihoods. Human Geography. DOI: 10.1177/1942778620910901.

Stephanie Buechler and América Lutz-Ley. 2019. Livelihoods with multiple stressors: Gendered youth decision-making under global change in rural northwest Mexico. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 21(4): 1–24.

Leigh-Anne Schmidt and Stephanie Buechler. 2017. “I risk everything because I have already lost everything.” Central America Women and Girls Speak Out on the Migrant Trail in Oaxaca, Mexico. Journal of Latin American Geography, 16(1): 139-164.

Stephanie Buechler, Daoqin Tong, Chloe Hein and Ashley Erbe. May 2017. Benefits and Barriers to Low-income Populations’ Participation in Urban Agriculture. A Policy Brief developed for the Haury Project ‘Greening the Food Deserts of Tucson, Arizona’. 4 pp.

Stephanie Buechler. December 2016. Promoting Gender Inclusiveness and Empowerment in Hydropower Development. A Policy Brief developed for the HI-NEX project. 2 pp.

Stephanie Buechler and Christopher Scott. 2017. Growing Food in the City: Low-income Farmers in the ‘Global North’ versus the ‘Global South’. A blog for URBANET.

Stephanie Buechler. 2016. Gendered Vulnerabilities and Grassroots Adaptation Initiatives in Home Gardens and Small Orchards in Northwest Mexico. Free Access Special Issue: ‘Gender perspectives in resilience and adaptation to global change research’. Ambio a Journal of the Human Environment, 45(3), 322-334. http://link.springer.com.ezproxy4.library.arizona.edu/article/10.1007/s13280-016-0832-3

Stephanie Buechler, D. Sen, N. Khandekar and C.A. Scott. 2016. Re-Linking Governance of Energy with Livelihoods and Irrigation in Uttarakhand, India. Water, 8(10)437. DOI:10.3390/w8100437. http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/8/10/437/htm

Stephanie Buechler. 2016. Ethnographic Immersions and Local Collaborations in the Study of Globalization and Environmental Change. Ethnographic Collaborations In Latin America. June Nash and Hans Buechler (eds). Palgrave MacMillan. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057%2F9781137521231_9

Stephanie Buechler and Anne-Marie Hanson (eds.), A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change (2015, Routledge). https://www.amazon.com/Political-Ecology-Environme...