Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice

The inaugural Haury Visiting Fellows brought fresh perspectives and deep experience to the University of the Arizona during the spring semester of 2015.

Anne Waple spent four weeks working with the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS), which also provides funding for her visit. Dr. Waple is Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Second Nature, a non-profit network which supports over 600 colleges in the development of sustainability and climate goals. Her work at UA centered on working with campus and Tucson communities to increase regional resilience to impacts from climate change. In addition to individual and small meetings, she presented a lecture in April, “Exploring Climate Resilience.” Post-visit collaborations continue and expand.

Political ecology is the study of relationships between political, economic and social factors with environmental issues and changes. Juanita Sundberg researches political ecology using “the insights of feminist geography and the sensibilities of an ethnographer to bear on nature conservation, border security, and militarization.” The daughter of missionaries, she learned about human-land relations - personal knowledge that serves as the foundation of her professional research. Her Haury Visiting Fellow project, Democracy on the Line: The Political Ecology of Legal Suspension in U.S. Southern Boundary Enforcement, examines the legal framework in which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can waive all laws in order to build border walls, roads, and other infrastructure. The DHS Secretary has invoked the waiver five times, waiving thirty-six laws in 2008 to build border infrastructure in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. US lawmakers continue to introduce legislation to make these waivers permanent, including a recent effort by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.). For more about this work, follow Dr. Sundberg’s blog.

The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice selected additional visiting fellows in spring 2016 and will open the competitive again in fall 2016. 

[This program in not affiliated with the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research's Agnese N. Haury Visiting Scholar & Trainee Fellowship.]