Environmental Policy Programs

The Environmental Policy Programs at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy span the globe researching present conditions, current policies, and perceived contributors in various areas of environmental instability.

Our main areas of focus include global water security and justice, biodiversity conservation, urban resilience, environmental diplomacy, and energy policy and renewables.

We conduct policy research within these four main topics and facilitate transboundary science-policy dialogue driven by stakeholders and policy-makers to promote evidence-based decision making for a sustainable global future.


We guide water security planningin arid regions. We conduct research on growth-driven water scarcity, degradation of water quality, and hydro-climatic changes andhow these drivers impact water security. We facilitate science-policy dialogues across international political boundaries to devise equitable transboundary policies that enable global water security. We study water conservation and re-use systems and applications, such as using wastewater in agriculture.
​We apply scientific knowledge to find solutions for biodiversity conservation. We use coupled human-natural systems science to inform environmental policy. We study what is called ecological “spatial subsidies” (the transport of energy, nutrients, or materials across ecosystem boundaries) to quantify previously uncalculated ideas such as the ecological benefits of migratory species, ecoclimate teleconnections (how variations in one climate region affects the ecosystem of a remote location), and evaluations on transboundary ecosystems services.
We bridge disciplines and nations to create a sustainable global future. We collaborate with institutions spanning the globe, researching present conditions, current policies, and perceived contributors in various areas of environmental instability.
We build on interdisciplinary efforts to find and implement best-practices for a sustainable future. We specialize in studying green infrastructure, food access injustice, and the development of sustainable built environments. We focus on engaging local communities to create equitable and connected regions.
We apply research to address renewable energy transitions. We address critical policy challenges associated with transitions to renewable energy, decarbonization, and socio-ecological impacts of energy futures with applicable research in transboundary river basins and in the water-energy-food nexus, which encompasses the effects of and impacts on water use, energy production, and agriculture.

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