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My overarching goal is to create knowledge that not only advances interdisciplinary environmental social sciences but also empowers individuals, communities, and institutions to make better decisions about sustainable natural resource management.
Through my scholarship, I am making original contributions that shape scientific understanding of social and institutional dimensions of water sustainability, security, and climate change adaptation; preparing the next generation of diverse scholars to advance this work; and providing service that supports these efforts.
To address fundamental interdisciplinary science questions, my strategy has been to develop large-scale collaborations both across ASU and with other universities and national labs, bringing together faculty, postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate students from diverse disciplinary perspectives along with practitioners and other stakeholders.
Dave White is a professor in the Arizona State University School of Community Resources and Development and Director of the ASU Decision Center for a Desert City. His research has been published in dozens of scientific journal articles and featured in popular media including The New York Times. Dr. White is a recipient of the President's Medal for Social Embeddedness from Arizona State University and the Celebrating Natural Resources Award from the University of Idaho. He received his Ph.D. in Forestry from Virginia Tech.
Associate Professor, School of Community Resources and Development
Director, Decision Center for a Desert City
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute for Sustainability
Global Security Fellow, Global Security Initiative
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