Kelli Larson

Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Biography

Kelli Larson is an active investigator in long-term National Science Foundation projects including the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) project and the Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC). For both projects and other research initiatives, Larson leads on integrated understanding of human-environment relations for water governance and urban sustainability.

Professor Larson’s research focuses on three interrelated tracks: (1) risk perceptions and attitudes, with focus on the implications for water governance; (2) water management and decision making, with consideration of multi-objective planning for sustainability; and (3) urban ecology and land management, with attention to various social and ecological outcomes and interactions. Her approach involves synthesizing disparate literatures and using mixed methods to produce interdisciplinary knowledge that reveals the social salience, desirability, and feasibility as well as overall sustainability of water resource and urban systems.

Professor Larson mentors undergraduate to graduate students and has taught several courses at varying levels. Her classes cover topics on human and social aspects of sustainability, environmental management and planning, as well as research methods and proposal writing. Larson also directs the educational and mentoring programs at DCDC.

Education

  • Ph.D. Geography, Oregon State University
  • M.A. Geography, Southern Illinois University
  • B.A. Geography, Southern Illinois University

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Research Interests

Human-environment interactions; water resource geography and governance; urban ecology and sustainability; risk perceptions and policy attitudes; landscape preferences and practices; 

Research Activity

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
PUP 484 Internship
HON 484 Internship
SOS 484 Internship
SOS 492 Honors Directed Study
SOS 493 Honors Thesis
SOS 591 Seminar
SOS 592 Research
SOS 599 Thesis
GPH 692 Research
PUP 692 Research
SOS 792 Research
SOS 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
GCU 492 Honors Directed Study
SOS 492 Honors Directed Study
SOS 493 Honors Thesis
SOS 510 Perspectives on Sustainability
GPH 590 Reading and Conference
SOS 591 Seminar
SOS 599 Thesis
GCU 690 Reading and Conference
GPH 692 Research
SOS 790 Reading and Conference
PUP 792 Research
SOS 792 Research
SOS 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
HON 484 Internship
SOS 484 Internship
PUP 484 Internship
SOS 492 Honors Directed Study
SOS 493 Honors Thesis
SOS 499 Individualized Instruction
GCU 585 Geog Resrch Dsgn & Propsal Wtg
SOS 591 Seminar
SOS 592 Research
SOS 599 Thesis
PUP 724 Planning Methods
SOS 792 Research
GCU 792 Research
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
GCU 492 Honors Directed Study
GCU 496 Geographic Research Methods
SOS 510 Perspectives on Sustainability
SOS 591 Seminar
SOS 599 Thesis
SOS 792 Research
GPH 792 Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
HON 484 Internship
SOS 484 Internship
PUP 484 Internship
SOS 493 Honors Thesis
GCU 514 Human Dimensions of Sustain
SOS 514 Human Dimensions of Sustain
SOS 591 Seminar
SOS 592 Research
SOS 599 Thesis
SOS 792 Research
GPH 792 Research
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
SOS 492 Honors Directed Study
SOS 493 Honors Thesis
GCU 496 Geographic Research Methods
SOS 510 Perspectives on Sustainability
SOS 591 Seminar
GPH 592 Research
SOS 596 Scientific Paper
SOS 599 Thesis
SOS 792 Research
GCU 799 Dissertation
GPH 799 Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
SOS 484 Internship
HON 484 Internship
PUP 484 Internship
SOS 492 Honors Directed Study
SOS 493 Honors Thesis
GCU 585 Geog Resrch Dsgn & Propsal Wtg
SOS 591 Seminar
SOS 592 Research
SOS 599 Thesis
PUP 724 Planning Methods
GPH 790 Reading and Conference
GPH 792 Research
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
SOS 320 Society and Sustainability
SOS 492 Honors Directed Study
GCU 496 Geographic Research Methods
GPH 592 Research
SOS 599 Thesis
GPH 799 Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
GPH 210 Society and Environment
SOS 592 Research
GPH 790 Reading and Conference
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
SOS 320 Society and Sustainability
GCU 496 Geographic Research Methods
SOS 499 Individualized Instruction
GPH 592 Research
GPH 792 Research

Honors/Awards

Mentoring Award, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, ASU, 2017.

Nominated for the Faculty Womens Association Distinguished Mentor Award,  2017 and 2013.

Editorships

Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member, Society and Natural Resources, 2016-present.   

Editorial Board Member, Landscape and Urban Planning, 2015-present.