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 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 changes in human behavior and social and political institutions that will result in increased adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Specifically, her research focuses on assessing stakeholder beliefs and actions, climate change adaptation policies and local climate action plans, and the effectiveness of climate change policies and governance mechanisms.
Awards and Honors
- National Academy of Science: (1999) Young Investigators Program
- 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. (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
- Ensuring Enabling Environments for Scaling Up Climate Smart Agriculture Globally. Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture. December 2017. FAO. Rome, Italy.
- Climate Smart Farming Research, Tools and Outreach. UNFCC COP23 Conference. November 2017. Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture. Bonn, Germany.
- Improving progress towards climate change adaptation in the agricultural sector: the role of multilateral and transnational governance mechanisms. International Scientific Workshop: The Emerging Complexity of Climate Adaptation Governance in a Globalizing World. May 2017. Stockholm Environment Institute. Stockholm, Sweden.
- Climate Smart Farming. Climate Smart Farming Online Course. January 2017. Cornell Small Farms Program.
- 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.