Faculty

The Global Change and Sustainability Center is a nexus for faculty who are broadly interested in the interactions among human and natural ecosystems and the global changes that are influencing dynamics, sustainability and connectivities across these systems.

GCSC affiliated faculty conduct cutting-edge research focused on reconstructing the past, understanding current and complex environmental challenges, and predicting future scenarios – all with the same overall goal of sustainable solutions.

Currently, the Global Change and Sustainability Center is composed of faculty from eleven colleges at the University of Utah. Click through the tabs to view affiliated faculty from each college. Go here for an alphabetical list of faculty affiliates.

Keith Bartholomew
Associate Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Research Statement:

My current primary research focus is assessing the extent and nature of land-use  transportation scenario planning in U.S. metropolitan areas.

Divya Chandrasekhar

Divya Chandrasekhar
Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Research Statement:

My research focuses on community and household recovery from catastrophic disasters,
with an emphasis on disaster policy and planning practice.


Reid Ewing
Reid Ewing
Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Research Statement:
Reid Ewing’s research interest include urban development and climate change,
pedestrian and transit oriented design, and sprawl and obesity.

Ivis GarciaIvis Garcia
Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Research Statement:
Ivis Garcia investigates both current and historic relationships between urban planning, the spatial dynamics of stratification and unequal access, and community development strategies in marginalized and diverse communities.

Stacy Anne Harwood
Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Research Statement:
My research focuses on urban planning processes in diversifying working-class communities, including how land-use decision making and planning processes can marginalize or empower residents.

Sarah HinnersSarah Hinners
Research Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Research Statement:
Sarah Hinner’s research interests focus on the ecological, economic and social roles and value of green infrastructure in and around cities.

Alessandro Rigolon
Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Research Statement:

My interdisciplinary line of research is located at the intersection of urban planning, public health, and recreation management. Specifically, my work centers on planning for urban green space and health equity, using an environmental justice lens.


Joerg RuegemerJorg Rugemer
Associate Professor, Architecture
Research Statement:
Joerg Ruegemer’s research focuses on highly energy-efficient and cost-effective buildings, design strategies, systems, and post-occupancy building monitoring.