Christopher Boone

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Christopher Boone

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502
Tel: +1 480 965 2976


My research contributes to ongoing debates in sustainable urbanization, environmental justice, vulnerability, and global environmental change. I am a co-PI for the urban Long Term Ecological Research projects based in Baltimore and Phoenix, both supported by the National Science Foundation. For the past three years I have sat on the scientific steering committee for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project, a core initiative of the International Human Dimensions program, and also participated in the US Global Change Research Program’s US National Climate Assessment for Cities. I am an active contributor to Future Earth, an international initiative that aims to integrate the global environmental change community with a focus on sustainable outcomes.

I have co-authored two books on urban sustainability, City and Environment and Urbanization and Sustainability, and am the associate editor for Current Research on Cities. I serve on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Environment Justice. I am a member of the external advisory board for the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras IGERT program on the Urbanizing Tropics. Recently I became a member of the Mayo Clinic Green Committee. At ASU, I have taught classes on sustainable urbanization, urban and environmental health, principles and methods of sustainability, environmental justice, and interdisciplinary methods for socio-ecological research.

Based on a successful proposal to Cambridge University Press, I am a co-editor (with Norm Yoffee) of a new book series, New Directions in Sustainability and Society. We intend to use the excellent facilities at the Amerind Foundation to bring together leading thinkers and practitioners to address fundamental sustainability issues. Each seminar is intended to lead to a monograph published in the series by Cambridge University Press.

Selected Publications

Boone, C. G., Cook, E., Hall, S. J., Nation, M. L., Grimm, N. B., Raish, C., Finch, D., and York, A. (2012). A comparative gradient approach as a tool for understanding and managing urban ecosystems. Urban Ecosystems, 15(4). pp. 795-807. doi: 10.1007/s11252-012-0240-9

Seto, K.C., Reenberg, A., Boone, C.G, Fragkias, M., Haase, D., Langanke, T., Marcotullio, P., Munroe, D.K., Olah, B., & Simon, D. (2012). Urban land teleconnections and sustainabilityPNAS, published ahead of print May 1, 2012. doi:10.1073/pnas.1117622109

Shrestha, M.K., York, A.M., Boone C.G., et al. (2012). ‘Land fragmentation due to rapid urbanization in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area: analyzing the spatiotemporal patterns and drivers.’ Applied Geography, 32(2), 522-531. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.04.004

Pickett, S.T.A., Boone, C.G., & Cadenasso, M.L. (2013). Ecology and Environmental Justice: Understanding Disturbance Using Ecological Theory. In C.G. Boone & M. Fragkias (Eds.) Linking Urban Ecology and Environmental Justice in an Era of Global Environmental Change. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-5666-3_3

Fragkias, M. & Boone, C.G. (2013). Towards a New Framework for Urbanization and Sustainability. In C.G. Boone & M. Fragkias (Eds.) Linking Urban Ecology and Environmental Justice in an Era of Global Environmental Change. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-5666-3_1

Boone, C.G., Fragkias, M., Buckley, G.L., & Grove, J.M. (2014) A long view of polluting industry and environmental justice in Baltimore. Cities, 36, pp. 41-49. doi:

Schwarz, K., Fragkias, M., Boone, C.G., Zhou, W.Q., McHale, M., Grove, J.M., O’Neil-Dunne, J., McFadden, J.P., Buckley, G.L., Childers, D., Ogden, L., Pincetl, S., Pataki, D., Whitmer, A., & Cadenasso, M.L. (2015). Trees Grown on Money: Urban Tree Canopy Cover and Environmental Justice. PLoS One, 10(4).doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122051

Solecki, W., Seto, K.C., Balk, D., Bigio, A., Boone, C.G., Creutzig, F., Fragkias, M., Lwasa, S., Marcotullio, P.,Romero-Lankao, P., & Zwickel, T. (2015). A conceptual framework for an urban areas typology to integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation, Urban Climate, 14, pp. 116-137.

Boone, C.G. & Klinsky, S. (2016). Environmental justice and transitions to a sustainable urban future. In K.C. Seto, W.D. Solecki, & C.A. Griffith (Eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (pp. 327 – 335). London: Routledge.