In September 2017, a group of University of Arizona researchers from the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, the School of Government and Public Policy, and the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics traveled to Ayacucho, Peru, to participate in the Agua-Andes Congress. This event was organized by the Centro de Competencias y Agua—a key research partner in the International Water Security Network funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation in the U.K., and the Centro de Investigación Agua Andes. The congress was hosted by the Universidad Nacional San Cristóbal de Huamanga.
A team of University of Arizona researchers from the Udall Center and the School of Government and Public Policy traveled to Peru to participate in the Agua Andes Congress in Ayacucho. For three days, researchers, practitioners, members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), graduate students, and community members shared their experiences concerning water issues and green infrastructure.
This CAZMEX funded project, initiated in August 2017, is assessing, as well as comparing and contrasting, the specific energy needs of women in and near semi-arid cities and rural communities in the states of Arizona and Zacatecas (Mexico) and how renewable energy projects in these locations can become better integrated into gendered livelihood systems.
This summer, ten Indigenous students from across the U.S. are calling Washington, D.C. home as part of the Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship. Honoring the legacies of Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall, the Native American Congressional Internship places students in the Senate, House, and federal agencies to gain real world experience and an understanding of the government-to-government relationship that exists between the federal government and Native nations.
13 airports, 13 days, 3 countries in Africa to study the role and impact of a global initiative to bring climate information to bear on climate challenges in developing countries. The interdisciplinary University of Arizona team (Andrea Gerlak of the Udall Center and School of Geography & Development, and Zack Guido and Chris Knudson of the Institute of the Environment) was commissioned by the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as part of a larger effort to review the first seven years of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) by assessing the progress and lessons learned from GFCS programming and offering recommendations for future implementation.
Adonis, of Taos Pueblo and a Native Nations Institute Graduate Research Assistant, was one of four Fulbright recipients representing the United States. The first-ever Emerging Leaders for Sustainable Community Development (ELSCD) program, held June 2 - 10, 2017, was hosted by the Emerging Leaders Dialogue, Fulbright Canada and Institute for the Study of International Development.
Christopher Scott, Robert Varady, Adriana Zuniga-Teran, and America Lutz-Ley of the Udall Center attended the XVI World Water Congress of the International Water Resources Association, held in Cancún, Mexico, from May 29 to June 3, 2017. Together with research and practitioner collaborators from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Peru, they co-organized the special session “Water security and global change adaptation: bridging science and policy”, held on Wednesday, May 31.
Four generations of the Udalls gathered in Tucson over Memorial Day weekend. Chris Scott welcomed them to the Udall Center, and provided an overview of our work in Native Nations governance, environmental policy, and expanding domestic and international engagement. As part of their visit to Tucson, the Udalls also visited the University of Arizona Libraries (Special Collections of Morris and Stuart Udall’s official files and memorabilia) and the Udall Foundation.
The Udall Center hosted a Strategic Visioning Retreat for all staff members on May 24, 2017. This retreat was a chance to pause and reflect on where the center wants to go – potential new directions, strengthening teamwork within the Center, thematic choices, new engagements, and above all, re-envisioning our mission and relevance.
Colleagues gathered this past week at a reception in the UA Union Gallery to honor Robert Varady, Research Professor of Environmental Policy at the Udall Center.
The event, hosted by Senior Vice President for Research, Discovery & Innovation, Kimberly Espy, recognized Varady’s recent tenure as interim director of the Udall Center from January 2016 to March 2017 and for his long-standing service to the university.