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Clea Edwards

Clea Edwards

Research Scientist, Earth League and Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • Research Scientist, Earth League and Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


As research scientist, Clea Edwards supports the Networks and Engagement domains of the Global Futures Laboratory. Her role is situated largely within the Earth League Secretariat, where she is responsible for executing the mission and vision of the organization by communicating scientific information produced by distinguished Earth League scientists to diverse and broad audiences. The Earth League is a voluntary international alliance of esteemed scientists, who work together to respond with a united voice to some of the most pressing issues faced by humankind as a consequence of climate change, depletion of natural resources, land degradation, and water scarcity. Edwards studied organizations that are active at the "boundary" between knowledge and action for sustainability outcomes. Her master’s research in the School of Sustainability developed a case study of the Arizona Water Institute as a boundary organization. During this time, she worked also with the WaterSim team at the Decision Center for a Desert City to interrogate the water simulation tool’s ability to be an effective "boundary object," providing complex scientific information to stakeholders. Prior to returning to ASU, Edwards earned a doctorate in education while acting as assistant director of a public charter school. In 2014, she launched a virtual school for students in grades 7-12 under the Arizona Online Instruction Program. She will employ the skills and perspective cultivated during her time in K-12 educational administration, combined with her experience in the School of Sustainability, to contribute to the capacities of Global Futures Laboratory and the Earth League as boundary organizations on a global scale.


  • EdD, Leadership and Innovation, Arizona State University, 2017
  • MA, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2009
  • BA, International Relations with minor in Latin American Studies, University of British Columbia, 2006

Journal Articles


Schlosser, P., H. Eicken, V. Metcalf, S. L. Pfirman, M. Murray and C. M. Edwards. 2022. The Arctic highlights of our failure to act in a rapidly changing world. Sustainability 14(3):1882. DOI: 10.3390/su14031882. (link )


White, D. D., A. Y. Wutich, K. L. Larson, P. Gober, T. Lant and C. Senneville. 2010. Credibility, salience, and legitimacy of boundary objects: Water managers' assessment of a simulation model in an immersive decision theater. Science and Public Policy 37(3):219-232. DOI: 10.3152/030234210X497726. (link )



White, D. D., A. Y. Wutich, K. L. Larson, P. Gober, T. Lant and C. M. Senneville. 2010. How do we better link knowledge and action for environmental decision making?. Poster presented February 21, 2010 at the 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Meeting, San Diego, CA.


Senneville, C. M. 2009. Institutions linking knowledge with action, and sustainability: A case study of the Arizona Water Institute. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at 11th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Poster Symposium, January 15, 2009, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link )

Senneville, C. M. 2009. What it means to provide institutional support for the integration of knowledges and actions: A study of the AWI. Presented March 17 at the Water Resources Research Center 2009 Annual Conference "Best Practices in Stakeholder Engagement for Water Resource Planning", Tucson, AZ.


Senneville, C., K. L. Larson, A. Y. Wutich, T. Lant, M. Gartin, D. D. White, S. E. Ledlow and P. Gober. 2008. "Missed opportunities" in Central Arizona water management: Reconciling the local supply of and demand for science. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 at the CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )



Senneville, C. M. and M. Provine. 2007. The paradox of local immigration policy. Paper presented May 2, 2007 at International Conference, The Border: A New Cultural Concept, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico ("11th Reunion Internacional: La Frontera-Ensenada-Una Nueva Concepcion Cultural").

Blog Posts


Graff, S. R., N. Berman, R. Aggarwal, C. M. Edwards, C. Morehart, S. Hamdoun, D. Manuel-Navarrete, O. Iheduru, H. Eakin, M. Parmentier, G. M. Grossman and N. Chhetri. 2020. If "the economy" is collapsing, how do people survive? [Blog Post]. Retrieved from link

IGERT in Urban Ecology Associate, 2008-2009