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Allison Chatrchyan

Senior Research Associate

103 Rice Hall
(607) 254-8808

As the Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, and a Sr. Research Associate in the Departments of Development Sociology and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Allison Chatrchyan’s work focuses at the interface between social, environmental and agricultural systems. She works to facilitate interdisciplinary research and Cooperative Extension teams that are developing resources and tools for sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation and mitigation. Trained as a political scientist, the goal of Dr. Chatrchyan's research is to contribute to an improved understanding of human behavior and social and political institutions, which will result in increased climate change adaptation and mitigation. Specifically, she assesses stakeholder beliefs and actions, local climate change planning, policies that enable climate change adaptation, and the effectiveness of climate change policies and governance mechanisms.

Awards and Honors

  • International Studies Association: (2004) Graduate Student Paper Award
  • Institute for the Study of World Politics: (2002) Dissertation Fellowship
  • National Academy of Science: (1999) Young Investigators Program

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Chatrchyan, A. M., Doughman, P., & , (2008). Climate Policy in the United States: State and Regional Leadership. Turning Down the Heat: The Politics of Climate Policy in Affluent Democracies Hugh Compston and Ian Bailey (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, UK..
  • Chatrchyan, A. M., Wooden, A., ,, & , (2005). Linking Rule of Law and Environmental Policy Reform in Armenia & Georgia. State of Law in the South Caucasus Christopher P.M. Waters (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, UK..

Extension Bulletins

  • Chatrchyan, A. M. (2012). Local Climate Change Challenges and Opportunities: Understanding Municipal Official Perspectives. HDRU Outreach Series 12-1 Cornell University Human Dimensions Research Unit.

Presentations and Activities

  • Climate Smart Agriculture, Agroecology, and Food Security: Lessons Learned from Research and Community Development Projects in Africa. COP 22. November 2016. UNFCCC: Africa Pavillion. Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Stakeholder-Driven Climate Smart Farming Program & Decision Tools for Farmers. COP 22. November 2016. UNFCCC. Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Responding to Climate Change Impacts to Agriculture: Cornell Climate Smart Farming. Encuentros Barcelona 2016 Conference. October 2016. Barcelona, Spain.
  • Cornell Climate Smart Farming: Integrating Science, Outreach and Education for Climate Resilient Farming and Rural Communities. AESS Conference. June 2016. Washington, DC.
  • The Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture: An Effective Mechanism for Increasing Agriculture’s Role in Global Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation? 57th International Studies Association (ISA) Convention. March 2016. Atlanta, GA.
  • Climate Change, Agroecology, Nutrition, and Food Security: Critical lessons from Project Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa. COP 21. December 2015. UNFCCC. Paris, France.
  • Farmer-Driven Climate Change Decision Tools for the Northeastern United States. Climate Smart Agriculture: 2015 Scientific Conference. March 2015. Montpellier, France.
  • Climate Change Impacts on Farms in the Northeast. The Stone Barns Young Farmers Conference. December 2014. Pocantico Hills, NY.