About Research Impacts and Evaluation

Alison M. Meadow

Dr. Alison Meadow is an Associate Research Professor in the Arizona Institutes for Resilience at University of Arizona. Dr. Meadow received her Ph.D. in Anthropology through University of Alaska Fairbanks’ interdisciplinary program in Resilience and Adaptation. She also holds an M.S. in Urban Planning and an M.A. in American Indian Studies, both from University of Arizona. Dr. Meadow’s 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 outcomes of such research partnerships. She works with communities throughout the Southwest to support their adaptation planning efforts in ways that effectively address climate impacts and prioritize community values and culture. Dr. Meadow Department of the Interior’s Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) and the NOAA-funded Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS). She is also a 2020-21 fellow of the Center for Advancing Research Impacts in Society.

Gigi Owen

Dr. Owen is a qualitative social scientist with training in geography and political ecology. Her research interests center on interactions between humans and environments. Her current research involves understanding if and how adaptation strategies help people address local impacts of climate change. One project investigates how people who work in the regional food system of Southern Arizona are responding to sudden social, economic, and policy changes introduced by the 2020 pandemic. Gigi earned her doctorate in the School of Geography, Development, & Environment at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation research focused on defining success in adaptation initiatives around the world and on evaluating socially-engaged research theories and practices within the CLIMAS program. She continues to run the CLIMAS program evaluation to measure its contributions to building adaptive capacity and resilience in the Southwest. Gigi also directs and manages the CLIMAS-sponsored Environment & Society Fellowship Program.

Gigi has worked on a variety of air, land, and water quality issues across the Arizona-Sonora border region, beginning in 2002 when she moved to Hermosillo, Sonora to study the ecology of desert grasslands and the impacts of buffelgrass. As a CLIMAS graduate student researcher, she worked with Margaret Wilder, investigating public values toward cultural and natural resources in the Lower Colorado River Delta region. Gigi then helped coordinate several community-based, participatory projects in Ambos Nogales, Sonora and Arizona, connected to air quality and alternative environmental technologies with the University of Arizona's Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA).

Research Impacts and Evaluation, housed in the Arizona Institutes for Resilience, works with researchers at the University of Arizona and around the U.S., to strengthen the connections between research and societal impacts through a range of pathways to impact and use of evaluation practices to trace, document, and understand the impact of our research on communities, decision-making, and our environment.