Alison M Meadow

Alison M Meadow

Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist, Natural Resources and the Environment
Associate Research Professor
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Work Summary

Alison M. Meadow has a background in anthropology, Indigenous studies, and urban planning. Her research focuses on the process of linking scientists with decision makers to improve the usability of climate science, with a particular emphasis on evaluating the societal impacts of research. She is a co-investigator with the NOAA-funded Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS). Recent projects include creating a series of community climate profiles to inform climate change adaptation planning in the Southwest; evaluating and guiding engaged research processes and outcomes in research centers funded by USGS, NOAA, and the USDA; and leading societal impacts assessments of several programs and institutes at the University of Arizona.

Research Interest

Alison M. Meadow has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks - Resilience and Adaptation Program. Prior to completing her PhD, she earned an MA in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and a BA in Native Studies and Anthropology from Trent University. Alison conducts research on the process of engaged research, the use of research findings in policy and practice, and the connections between engaged research and research use - particularly in the context of climate and environmental decision making. She has written extensively on the process of knowledge co-production, evaluating the societal impacts of research, and ethical considerations in engaged research and evaluation. Alison has a particular interest in supporting research programs, centers, and institutes as they move toward more collaborative and engaged modes of research.