Brittany Crow-Miller

Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus
Affiliate Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Senior Sustainability Scientist
TEMPE Campus


Brittany (Britt) Crow-Miller is an assistant professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and senior sustainability scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. A human geographer by training, her research focuses on the question of how power, politics, and technologies work to shape and constrain development pathways and their socio-environmental impacts in China, the Western U.S., and around the world.

Professor Crow-Miller has ongoing work related to China's South-North Water Transfer Project, Chinese hydropolitics, the political ecology of scale, water infrastructure and technopolitics, the role of collaboration in sustainable urban water management, and the global "geography of risk" of consumer products and technologies. She was recently named a Transregional Research Fellow by the Social Science Research Council. During the fellowship period (2017-2018), Professor Crow-Miller will be working on a book project entitled, "The Emerging Geography of Chinese Water Infrastructure: InterAsian and Transregional connections in the food-energy-water nexus."


  • Ph.D. Geography, University of California-Los Angeles 2013
  • M.A. Regional Studies - East Asia, Harvard University 2009
  • B.A. History and Asian Studies, Bard College, NY 2006

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Research Interests

Human geography, political ecology, development, hydropolitics, socio-technical systems, technopolitics, water resource management, water-energy-food nexus, inter-basin water transfer, China, China in the world, American West, politics of scale


Chang, Heejun, Matthew R. Bonnette, Philip Stoker, Britt Crow-Miller, Elizabeth Wentz. “Determinants of Single Family Residential Water Use Across Scales in Four Western US Cities.” Science of the Total Environment, vol. 596-597, 2017: 451-464.

Clarke-Sather, Afton, Britt Crow-Miller, Jeffrey M. Banister, Kimberley Anh Thomas, Emma S. Norman, and Scott R. Stephenson. “The Shifting Geopolitics of Water in the Anthropocene.” Geopolitics, 2017: doi:10.1080/14650045.2017.1282279

Webber, Michael, Britt Crow-Miller, and Sarah Rogers. “The South-North Water Transfer Project: Remaking the geography of China.” Regional Studies, 2017: doi:10.1080/00343404.2016.1265647

Crow-Miller, Britt; Heejun Chang, Elizabeth A. Wentz, and Philip Stoker. “Facilitating collaborative urban water management through university-utility cooperation.” Sustainable Cities and Society, 2016: doi:10.1016/j.scs.2016.06.006.

Crow-Miller, Britt. “Discourses of Distraction: The Politics of Framing China’s South-North Water Transfer Project.” Water Alternatives, vol. 8(2), 2015: 173-192.

Crow-Miller, Britt. “Diverted Opportunity: Inequality and what the South-North Water Transfer Project really means for China’s future.” GWF Discussion Paper 1409, Global Water Forum, Canberra, Australia. 2014.

Crow-Miller, Britt. “China’s South-North Water Transfer Project: An Unsustainable Diversion.” China-US Focus, December 11, 2014.

Crow, Britt L. and Judith Carney. “Commercializing Nature: Mangrove Conservation and Female Oyster Collectors in The Gambia.” Antipode, vol. 45(2), 2013: pp. 275-293.

Crow-Miller, Brittany. Water, Power, and Development in Twenty-First Century China: The Case of the South-North Water Transfer Project. Dissertation. University of California, Los Angeles. 2013.

Carney, Judith A.; Britt L. Crow and Hassoum Ceesay. “Wild Oysters, Female Harvesters, and Mangrove Forests of The Gambia,” in Abdoulaye Saine, Ebrima Ceesay, Ebrima Sall (Eds.). The Gambia: State and Society in the Gambia since Independence. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2012.

Crow, Britt L. “Bare Sticks and Rebellion: The drivers and implications of China’s Reemerging Sex Imbalance.” Technology in Society, vol. 32(2), 2010: pp. 72-80.

Kirby, William C.; J. Megan Greene, Brittany Crow and Tracy Manty. "A Strait of Uncertainty: Taiwan’s Development in the Shadow of China.” Harvard Business School Press, Note 909-408, 2009.

Kirby, William C. and Brittany Crow. “China’s Environmental Challenges.” Harvard Business School Press, Note 308-100, 2008.

Kirby, William C. and Brittany Crow. “Myths and Lessons of Modern Chinese History.” Harvard Business School Press, Note 308-065, 2007.


Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
GTD 501 Global Tech and Development
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
FIS 337 Innovation and Global Developm
GTD 501 Global Tech and Development


Crow-Miller, B. Sustainable urban water management in North China. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference; San Francisco, CA; March 2016.

Crow-Miller, B. Regional and Global Implications of Energy-Water-Food Nexus connections in Chinese hydropower development. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference; Chicago, IL; April 2015.

Chang, H.; Crow-Miller, B.; Wentz, E.; Bonnette, R.; and Stoker, P. (presented by Chang). Determinants of urban water consumption in Western U.S. cities. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference; Chicago, IL; April 2015.

Crow-Miller, B. Toward sustainable water management in urban North China." American Water Works Association Sustainable Water Management Conference; Portland, OR; March 2015.

Crow-Miller, B. Discourses of Distraction: Framing Chinas South-North Water Transfer Project, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference; Tampa, FL; April 2014.

Crow-Miller, B. Placing Collective Action: Place and the Politics of Environmental Protest in a Chinese Town, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference; Seattle, WA; April 2011.

Crow, B. Social Responses to Environmental Pollution in China: The Role of Institutional Context, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference; Washington, DC; April 2010.

Crow, B. The Adaptive Cycle Applied to History: The transformative progression of dynasties in Imperial China, International Science and Policy Conference; Stockholm, Sweden, April 16, 2008.

Crow, B. On the Ground and in the Air: Social implications of residential hyperdensity in Hong Kong, Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Student Conference; Cambridge, MA, March 1, 2008.

Crow, B. Bare Sticks and Rebellion: The drivers and implications of Chinas Reemerging Gender Imbalance, Boston University Graduate Conference on Asian Studies; Boston, MA, December 1, 2007.