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Sandra Rodegher

Sandra Rodegher

Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


Sandra Rodegher is a Senior Program Coordinator for the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives (WSSI) at Arizona State University and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and a Faculty Associate at the School of Sustainability. At WSSI, Dr. Rodegher works specifically on the Sustainability in Science Museums program where she creates content, facilitates trainings, conducts research, presents at conferences, and teaches courses aimed at promoting sustainability science and practice in museum contexts.

Dr. Rodegher has developed and is teaching two courses (for undergraduate and graduate students) this past spring and summer semester of 2016. She also took lead on designing curriculum, evaluation metrics, and facilitated the first ever Sustainability in Science Museums Fellowship. Twenty-five fellows representing five continents and twelve countries attended the fellowship, each learning how to develop place-specific actionable projects that can be executed at their respective museums. She has also created a board game where players learn about the critical components of sustainable decision-making and then practice those principles via particular game objectives.

As an interdisciplinary researcher and scholar Dr. Rodegher employs a combination of ethical analysis, ethnography, and experimental research to enhance understanding and implementation of ethical and just participation in deliberative scenario planning processes. Her research focuses on participative processes embedding in scenario planning and the ability of society and social dynamics to shape how or if people contribute and engage in discourse. Specifically, she explores factors that hinder or foster authentic participation in individuals and groups with differing degrees of social power.

In 2004 she completed an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven where her research focused on group dynamics. She obtained her PhD in Sustainability from Arizona State University. Her PhD dissertation, entitled Scenario Planning for Sustainability: Understanding and Enhancing Participation in Group Deliberations integrated her prior training in group dynamics with future-oriented, deliberative processes in service of supporting more just sustainability discourse in service of more equitable long-term decision making.


  • PhD, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2015
  • MA, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of New Haven, 2005
  • BA, Psychology, Central Connecticut State University, 2003


Journal Articles


Davies, S. R., C. Selin, S. Rodegher, C. A. Allende, M. Burnam-Fink, C. DeVittorio, C. Glerup, C. Keys, M. Kimball, M. Liao, C. Monfreda and B. Trinidad. 2015. Studying Emerge: Findings from an event ethnography. Futures 70(Jun):75-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2014.05.003. (link )



Rodegher, S. and C. Selin. 2013. Scenario planning for sustainability: Enhancing participation through understanding social influence. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology 2013: Sustainability Psychology, 17 January 2013, New Orleans, LA. (link )


Rodegher, S., A. Wiek, K. L. Larson and A. Uphoff. 2010. Water governance in the Phoenix region: Current state and principles for a sustainable future. Poster presented on May 5, 2010 at the Community of Undergraduate/Graduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Uphoff, A., A. Wiek, K. L. Larson and S. Rodegher. 2010. Professionals’ perspectives on water governance and sustainability in the Phoenix area. Poster presented on May 5, 2010 at the Community of Undergraduate/Graduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )



Rodegher, S., C. Dunford, A. Caola, N. Cimino and G. Spring. 2016. Sustainability: Sharing practices. Presentation at the ESCITE 2016: Colours of Cooperation, 9-11 June 2016, Graz, Austria. (link )


Cardenas, E. and S. Rodegher. 2015. Sustainability and its interdisciplinary and collaborative challenge. Presentation at the Balance/Unbalance: Water, Climate and Place Reimagining Environments 2015, 27-29 March 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. (link )

Rodegher, S. and C. Selin. 2015. Parity and participation: The role of social influence in scenario planning. Presentation at the Anticipation 2015, Project Anticipation: The UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, 5-7 November 2015, Trento, Italy. (link )


Rodegher, S. and C. Selin. 2014. Scenario planning for sustainability: Are diverse voices heard?. Presentation at the 16th Annual International Conference for the Society of Ethics Across the Curriculum, 2 October 2014, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )


Selin, C. and S. Rodegher. 2013. Persuasion and influence in scenario planning: Overcoming barriers to learning from the future. Presentation at the Society for Psychologists in Management 2013 Conference– Enjoy a Look Ahead – Thriving in the Future, 22 February 2013, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )


Rodegher, S. and A. M. Koster. 2012. ASU Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools program: Best practices for effective partnerships. Presentation at the What's Next for Sustainable Schools and Communities, Council for Educational Facilities Planners, January 2012, Tempe, AZ.

Rodegher, S. and A. M. Koster. 2012. Conceptual modeling for sustainability science education. Presentation at the 2012 Green Schools National Conference, Green Schools National Network, February 2012, Denver, CO.


Rodegher, S. and A. M. Koster. 2011. Conceptual modeling in sustainability science education. Presentation at the Translating Science in the 21st Century, Arizona Science Teachers Association, September 2011, Mesa, AZ.


Ahmad, O., N. Case, E. Cardenas, B. J. Pompeii, S. Rodegher and V. K. Turner. 2010. Promoting art/science collaboratorations to enhance interdisciplinary learning. Presentation at the Decision Center for a Desert City, April 2010, Tempe, AZ.


Rodegher, S. 2009. Actor roles and cross perceptions in Phoenix water governance. Presentation at the Chinese Academy of Science and National Science Foundation of China Urban Adaptation in the Face of Climate Change Workshop, Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.