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Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen

PhD, 2015, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • PhD, 2015, School of Sustainability


Matt Cohen is a PhD graduate in Sustainability, studying public participation and urban development. Matt holds a BA in International Studies from Centre College, a Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati and a Professional Science Masters in Climate Science and Solutions from Northern Arizona University. Before enrolling at Arizona State University (ASU), Matt lived in Flagstaff for four years, exploring the Coconino National Forest and working within the town’s sustainability community, including an AmeriCorps experience with an environmental education center. Through the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU, Matt has participated in visioning research through the Reinvent Phoenix Project, allowing him to engage with community stakeholders to shape shared visions of a sustainable future for Phoenix. He has over five years of professional sustainability experience in both the nonprofit and public sectors and as an independent sustainability consultant. Matt has one year of teaching experience in Quito, Ecuador and two years of education administration with the Willow Bend Environmental Education Center in Flagstaff. When he’s free from the demands of graduate school, Matt spends his time hiking, traveling, gardening/cooking/eating, and listening to baseball games on the radio.


  • PhD, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2015
  • MS, Climate Science and Solutions, Northern Arizona University, 2011
  • MCP, Community Planning, University of Cincinnati, 2007
  • BA, International Studies, minor Government, Centre College, 2005


Journal Articles


Cohen, M. and A. Wiek. 2017. Identifying misalignments between public participation process and context in urban development. Challenges in Sustainability 5(2):11-22. DOI: 10.12924/cis2017.05020011. (link )


Cohen, M., D. Schugurensky and A. Wiek. 2015. Citizenship education through participatory budgeting: The case of Bioscience High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Curriculum and Teaching 40(2):5-26. DOI: 10.7459/ct/30.2.02. (link )

Cohen, M., A. Wiek, B. Kay and J. Harlow. 2015. Aligning public participation to stakeholders' sustainability literacy -- a case study on sustainable urban development in Phoenix, Arizona. Sustainability 7(7):8709-8728. DOI: 10.3390/su7078709. (link )

Book Chapters


Wiek, A., M. J. Bernstein, R. W. Foley, M. C. Cohen, N. Forrest, C. Kuzdas, B. Kay and L. Withycombe Keeler. 2016. Operationalizing competencies in higher education for sustainable development. Pp. 241-260 In: Barth, M., G. Michelsen, M. Rieckmann and I. Thomas eds., Routledge Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development. Routledge. London and New York. ISBN: 9780415727303.

National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship, 2013

Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship, Arizona State University, 2012

Hooper Sustainability Award, Northern Arizona University, 2011

National Science Foundation Professional Science Master's Fellowship, 2010