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Steve CornellRobert G. Varady, Ph.D.
Deputy Director and Director of Environmental Policy Programs
Research Professor of Environmental Policy and of Arid Lands Studies
Adjunct Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources

Address: 803 E. First St., Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 626-4393
E-mail: rvarady@u.arizona.edu

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Robert Varady is deputy director and director of environmental policy programs at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at The University of Arizona.  He also is a research professor of environmental policy at the Udall Center, research professor of arid lands studies in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and adjunct professor in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources. Varady obtained his Ph.D. in 1981 in modern history from The University of Arizona, and holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in mathematics from NYU-Poly/Polytechnic Institute of NYU and the City College of New York, respectively.

At the Udall Center since 1989, Varady's work mostly has addressed environmental and water-management policy in arid regions, with an emphasis on transboundary issues, especially along the U.S.-Mexico border. He spent a sabbatical year (2003-04) in Paris at UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme, studying the history, evolution, and significance of global water initiatives. In a subsequent sabbatical in 2010-11, he investigated transboundary aquifer governance. Relatedly, he is a consultant to UNESCO and FAO on a GEF (Global Environmental Facility)-funded global groundwater governance project and in that capacity is lead author of a paper on global groundwater policy.

Varady is past president of the International Water History Association (IWHA). He has co-edited ten books, monographs, digests, edited volumes, and journal special issues; and published more than 100 essays on water and environmental governance, policy, and history; agricultural development; information management; and transportation systems. He also has directed environmental and agricultural projects in West Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.


CURRENT PROJECTS

projects and funding sources

> Global Water Initiatives
> Water Security in the Americas
> Water and Climate


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

For information about the publications listed here, including how to obtain copies if you are unable to access them via the links provided, contact Robert Varady at
rvarady@u.arizona.edu or Emily McGovern at emcgove@u.arizona.edu.


BOOKS and JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE

Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges (2013)
Megdal, S. B., R. G. Varady, and S. Eden, eds. Leiden: CRC Press/Balkema – Taylor & Francis Group in cooperation with UNESCO-IHE. 320 + xxii pp.
> book webpage

“Rethinking Integrated Assessments and Management Projects in the Americas” Special issue (Vol. 26) Environmental Science and Policy (2013)
Garfin, G., P. Romero-Lankao, and R. G. Varady, eds. 112 pp.
> special issue webpage

Moving Forward from Vulnerability to Adaptation: Climate Change, Drought, and Water Demand in the Urbanizing Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico (2012)
Wilder, M., C. A. Scott, N. Pineda-Pablos, R. G. Varady, and G. M. Garfin, eds. 2012.  Tucson: Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. 170 pp.  English and Spanish.
> book webpage

Conservation of Shared Environments: Learning from the United States and Mexico (2009)
López-Hoffman, L., E. D. McGovern, R. G. Varady, and K. W. Flessa, eds. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. 320p.
> book webpage


ARTICLES AND ESSAYS

Water security and adaptive management in the arid Americas  (2013)
Scott, C. A., F. J. Meza, R. G. Varady, H. Tiessen, J. McEvoy, G. M. Garfin, L. M. Farfán, M. Wilder,
N. Pineda Pablos. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 103, 2: 280-289.
> link

Editorial: Rethinking integrated assessments and management projects in the Americas (2013 in press)
Garfin, G. M., P. Romero-Lankao, R. G. Varady, eds. Special issue of Environmental Science and Policy 26 (Feb.): 1-5.
> DOI:10.1016/j.envsci.2011.12.010

Transboundary adaptive management to reduce climate-change vulnerability in the Western U.S.-Mexico border region (2013)
Varady, R. G., C. A. Scott, M. Wilder, B. Morehouse, N. Pineda, and G. M. Garfin. In special issue, “Rethinking Integrated Assessments and Management Projects in the Americas,” of Environmental Science and Policy 26 (Feb.): 102–112.
> DOI:10.1016/j.envsci.2012.07.006

Science-policy dialogues for water security: Addressing vulnerability and adaptation to global change in the Arid Americas (2012)
Scott, C. A., R. G. Varady, F. Meza, E. Montaña, G. B. de Raga, B. Luckman, and C. Martius. Environment (May-June) 54, 3: 30-42.
> article permalink

Hydrosolidarity and beyond: Can ethics and equity find a place in today's water resource management?  (2011)
Gerlak, A., R. G. Varady, O. Petit, and A. Haverland. Water International 36(3): 251-65.
> DOI:10.1080/02508060.2011.586552

Adapting across boundaries: Climate change, social learning, and resilience in the U.S.-Mexico border ... (2010)
Wilder, M., C. A. Scott, N. Pineda Pablos, R. G. Varady, G. M. Garfin, and J. McEvoy. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(4): 917-28.
> DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2010.500235

Ecosystem services across borders: A framework for transboundary conservation (2010)
López-Hoffman, L., R. G. Varady, K. W. Flessa, and P. Balvanera. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8(2): 84-91.
> DOI: 10.1890/070216

Hydrosolidarity and international water conflict (2009)
Gerlak, A. K., R. G. Varady, and A. C. Haverland. International Negotiation 14(2): 311–28.
> DOI: 10.1163/157180609X432842

Paradigmas para la gestion del agua en el siglo XXI (Paradigms for water management in the 21st century) (2009)
Varady, R. G., and E. McGovern. Hydria 25(October): 11–14.
> article webpage

Charting the emergence of "global water initiatives" in world water governance (2009)
Varady, R. G., K. Meehan, and E. McGovern. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 34(3): 150–55.
> DOI: 10.1016/j.pce.2008.06.004

Science and socio-ecological sustainability: Examples from the Arizona-Sonora border (2008)
Morehouse, B. J., D. B. Ferguson, G. Owen, A. Browning- Aiken, P. Wong-Gonzales, N. Pineda, and R. G. Varady. Environmental Science and Policy 11: 272–84.
> DOI:10.1016/j.envsci.2007.07.007

Stregthening global water initiatives to sustain world water governance (2008)
Varady, R. G., K. Meehan, J. Rodda, M. Iles-Shih, and E. McGovern. Environment 50(2): 18–31.
> article permalink

Climate, water management, and policy in the San Pedro basin: Results of a survey of Mexican ...
(2007)
Browning-Aiken, A., B. Morehouse, A. Davis, M. Wilder, R. G. Varady, D. Goodrich, R. Carter, D. Moreno, and E. D. McGovern. Climatic Change 85(3-4): 323–41.
> DOI: 10.1007/s10584-007-9302-z

Monsoon region climate applications: Integrating climate science with regional planning and policy (2007)
Ray, A. J., G. M. Garfin, L. Brito-Castillo, M. Cortez-Vázquez, H. F. Diaz, J. Garatuza-Payán, D. Gochis, R. Lobato-Sánchez, R. G. Varady, C. Watts. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 88(6): 933-35.
> DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-88-6-933

Societal adaptation to decadal climate variability in the United States (2007)
Rosenberg, N. J., V. M. Mehta, J. R. Olsen, H. von Storch, R. G. Varady, M. J. Hayes, and D. Wilhite. CRCES Workshop on Adaptation to Decadal Climate Variability in the United States, 26-28 Apr. 2007, Waikoloa, Hawaii. Eos 88(43): 444.
> pdf

For information about the publications listed here, including how to obtain copies if you are unable to access them via the links provided, contact Robert Varady at rvarady@u.arizona.edu or Emily McGovern at emcgove@u.arizona.edu.


BOOK CHAPTERS

Key issues, institutions, and strategies for managing transboundary water resources in the Arizona-Mexico border region (2013)
Varady, R. G., R. Salmón Castelo, and S. Eden. In Shared Borders, Shared Waters:  Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges, ed. by S. B. Megdal, R. G. Varady, and S. Eden. Leiden: CRC Press/Balkema – Taylor & Francis with UNESCO-IHE. pp. 35-50.

Moving forward from vulnerability to adaptation: Theory, methodology, and context (2012)
Wilder, M., R. G. Varady, and G. M. Garfin. In Moving Forward from Vulnerability to Adaptation: Climate Change, Drought, and Water Demand in the Urbanizing Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico, ed. M. Wilder, et al. pp. 3-16. Tucson: Udall Center.
> pdf

Old and new: Changing paradigms in arid lands water management (2009)
Hutchinson, C. F., R. G. Varady, and S. Drake. In Water and Sustainability in Arid Regions: Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Social Sciences, ed. G. Schneier-Madanes and M. F. Courel. pp. 311–32. New York: Springer.
> book webpage

Transboundary conservation in context:  What drives environmental change? (2009)
Varady, R. G., and E. Ward. In Conservation of Shared Environments: Learning from the United States and Mexico, ed. by L. López-Hoffman, E. D. McGovern, R. G. Varady, and K. W. Flessa, eds. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. pp. 9-22.

Finding mutual interest in shared ecosystem services: New approaches to transboundary conservation (2009)
López-Hoffman L, RG Varady, and P Balvanera. In Conservation of Shared Environments: Learning from the United States and Mexico, ed. L. López-Hoffman, E. D. McGovern, R. G. Varady, and K. W. Flessa. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. pp. ,9–22
> book webpage

Integrating science and policy for water management (2009)
Richter, H., D. C. Goodrich, A. Browning-Aiken, R. G. Varady. In Ecology and Conservation of the San Pedro River, ed. J. C. Stromberg and B. Tellman. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. pp. 388–406
> book webpage

Global water initiatives: What do the experts think? Report on a survey of leading figures ... (2009)
Varady, R.G., and M. Iles-Shih. In Impacts of Megaconferences on the Water Sector, ed. A. K. Biswas and C. Tortajada. London: Springer Verlag. pp. 15–68.
> book webpage

Transboundary conservation in the borderlands: What drives environmental change? (2009)
Varady RG, and ER Ward. 2009. In Conservation of Shared Environments: Learning from the United States and Mexico, ed. L López-Hoffman, ED McGovern, RG Varady, and KW Flessa, 9–22. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
> book webpage

¿Cuánto cuesta? Development and water in Ambos Nogales and the Upper San Pedro basin (2004)
Varady RG, and BJ Morehouse. In The Social Costs of Industrial Growth in Northern Mexico, ed. K Kopinak, 205–48. San Diego: Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD.
> book webpage

Moving borders from the periphery to the center: River basins, political boundaries, and water ... (2003)
Varady, RG, and BJ Morehouse. In Water: Science, Policy, and Management, ed. by R Lawford, D Fort, H Hartmann, and S Eden, 143-59. American Geophysical Union Water Resources Monograph 16. Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union.
> book webpage

For information about the publications listed here, including how to obtain copies if you are unable to access them via the links provided, contact Robert Varady at
rvarady@u.arizona.edu or Emily McGovern at emcgove@u.arizona.edu.


REPORTS AND WORKING PAPERS

Groundwater Policy and Governance (2013)
Varady, R. G., F. van Weert, S. B. Megdal, A. Gerlak, C. Abdalla Iskandar, and L. House-Peters. Thematic Paper No. 5. Groundwater Governance: A Global Framework for Country Action. GEF project 3726. 38 pp.

Guidance on Links Between Water Reclamation and Reuse and Regional Growth (2011)
Scott, C. A., A. Browning-Aiken, K. J. Ormerod, R. G. Varady, C. D. Mogollon, and C. Tessmer. Report 6-16-1. WateReuse Research Foundation.
> report website

Urban Water Vulnerability and Institutional Challenges in Ambos Nogales (2011)
Wilder, M., J. Slack, R. G. Varady, O. Lai, R. Beaty, and E. McGovern. Working Papers on Climate Change and Water Resources, No. 1. Udall Center Publications.
> pdf

Water Policy Research on the San Pedro River Basin: An Annotated Bibliography ... (2006)
McGovern, E. D., R. G. Varady, and A. Browning-Aiken. 2006. Udall Center, 13 pp.
> pdf

For information about the publications listed here, including how to obtain copies if you are unable to access them via the links provided, contact Robert Varady at
rvarady@u.arizona.edu or Emily McGovern at emcgove@u.arizona.edu.