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Ashley Coles

Assistant Professor
Scharbauer 2004H | 817-257-4370

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University of Arizona, Ph.D in Geography
University of Arizona, MA in Geography
Cornell University, BS in Atmospheric Science

Courses Taught

World Regional Geography

Areas of Focus

Human-environment interactions, especially the politics of knowledge, critical development theory, and the management of environmental hazards and water resources under climate variability and change.

Coles, A.R. (2012). The messy business of ordering: the impacts of urban redevelopment in Manizales, Colombia. White paper prepared for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Coles, A.R., Eosco, G., Norton, T., Ruiz, J., Tate, E., and Weathers, M. (2011). Mapping local knowledge of hazards to inform research, practice, and policy in the Americas. Gestión y Ambiente, 14(2): 45-58.

Coles, A.R. and Scott, C.A. (2009). Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and variability in semi-arid rural southeastern Arizona, USA. Natural Resources Forum, 33(4): 297-309.

2016 Coles, A.R. “Information and infrastructure: overcoming the challenges of community-managed water and sanitation in peri-urban Cali, Colombia.” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. San Francisco, California. April 1.

2015 Coles, A.R. “Precarity and Hazards.” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Chicago, Illinois. Chicago, Illinois. April 23.

2014 Coles, A.R. “The persistence of modernist development: ordering as common sense.” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Tampa, Florida. April 8.

2011 Coles, A.R., Hirschboeck, K.K., and Fryberg, S.A. “Driving into danger: perception and communication of flash flood risk from a cultural perspective.” Arizona Floodplain Managers Association. Tucson, Arizona. June 9.

2011 Coles, A.R. and Quintero Angel, M. “Integrating Non-expert Knowledge into Hazard Management: the Guardianas de la Ladera in Manizales, Colombia.”Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Seattle, Washington. April 12-16.

2009 Coles, A.R., Scott, C.A., and Garfin, G.M. “Weather, climate, and water: an assessment of risk, vulnerability, and communication on the U.S.-Mexico border.” Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society. Phoenix, Arizona. January 11-15.

2008 Coles, A.R., Scott, C.A., and Garfin, G.M. “Information flows and policy: Use of climate diagnostics and cyclone prediction for adaptive water-resources management under climatic uncertainty in western North America.” American Institute of Professional Geologists 45th Annual Meeting, Arizona Hydrological Society 21st Annual Symposium, and the 3rd International Professional Geologic Conference. Flagstaff, AZ. September 20-24

  • Association of American Geographers
  • South Western Division of the Association of American Geographers
  • Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers