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Solving world problems requires a comprehensive approach. ASU partners with other institutions around the globe to address problems common to rapidly growing cities. Faculty also conduct comparative studies of diverse world regions to understand patterns and processes of human-environment interactions and to develop best-practice models that can be replicated.

Bob Ramsey Executive Education Program

The Bob Ramsey Executive Education Program provides innovative professional development programs and customized services that build the capacity of people and organizations that serve the public. The Certificate in Public Administration for International Leaders includes topics such as leadership, collaboration, public-private partnerships, community conflict resolutions, pollution, urban challenges and opportunities, information technology, and electronic government practices.

Sander van der Leeuw

Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment

The Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment, housed in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change is a multidisciplinary endeavor to improve our understanding of how different types of institutions-defined as the norms and rules people use to govern common resources and provide public goods-perform within different social-ecological systems.

Marco Janssen Rimjhim Aggarwal Marty Anderies Hanna Breetz Shauna BurnSilver Erik Johnston Michael Schoon

Center for Sustainable Tourism

The Center for Sustainable Tourism seeks to examine the role and contribution of tourism in the social, cultural, environmental, and economic well-being of communities.

Christine Vogt Kathleen Andereck Megha Budruk Christine Buzinde Deepak Chhabra Gyan Nyaupane Dallen Timothy

Center for Urban Innovation

The Center for Urban Innovation is the focal point for research on urban affairs in the School of Public Affairs and the College of Public Service & Community Solutions.

Nicole Darnall Brian Gerber Lily Hsueh Jonathan Koppell Joanna Lucio Karen Mossberger

Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative

Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative leverages trans-disciplinary relationships to address complex global challenges in health, sustainability, security and education by creating entirely new technologies and novel solutions. This requires integration of diverse research disciplines across the University and building an extended network of global collaborations.

Anna Barker George Poste Michael Schoon Sander van der Leeuw

Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes

The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes is an intellectual network aimed at enhancing the contribution of science and technology to society's pursuit of equality, justice, freedom, and overall quality of life. The Consortium creates knowledge and methods, cultivates public discourse, and fosters policies to help decision makers and institutions grapple with the immense power and importance of science and technology as society charts a course for the future.

David Guston Daniel Sarewitz

Decision Theater

The Decision Theater Network actively engages researchers and leaders to visualize solutions to complex problems. The Network provides the latest expertise in collaborative, computing and display technologies for data visualization, modeling, and simulation. The Network addresses cross-disciplinary local, national and international issues by drawing on Arizona State University’s diverse academic and research capabilities.

Ben Freakley


GlobalResolve was established at ASU in 2006 as a social entrepreneurship program designed to enhance the educational experience for interested and qualified ASU students by involving them in semester-long projects that directly improve the lives of underprivileged people, and/or those in underdeveloped nations throughout the world.

Mark Henderson John Takamura Jr.

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