About AIR

Arizona Institute for Resilience

The Arizona Institute for Resilience (AIR) turns science into actionable, community-oriented solutions. Our focus is resilience, the practice of designing environmental and social systems to anticipate and integrate with ecological, social, and economic change.

Grounded in the sciences, we bring together researchers, educators, problem-solvers, and innovators from diverse disciplines across campus – engineering, humanities, economics, public policy, law, the arts, and beyond – to develop innovative and practical solutions to the many environmental and resilience challenges we face today.

AIR Leadership

Led by Director Sharon Collinge, AIR explores and develops solutions with campus and community partners that will serve human and natural communities across the globe. As part of the UArizona Office of Research Innovation & Impact, led by Senior Vice President, Dr. Betsy Cantwell, AIR builds a robust web of environmental connections across colleges and departments that collectively make up the Arizona Environment program.

Centers and Programs

AIR comprises fifteen centers and programs that work together to draw on the expertise of many colleges and departments to promote partnerships and interdisciplinary activities. Our research informs tools, resources, and strategies to build more resilient systems and foster community outreach and collaboration. Our solutions engage a full array of disciplines, professional schools, international capacity, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Looking to the future, AIR will help individuals, businesses and communities manage risk and find opportunities in global change.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

AIR centers values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) to support transformation toward a more equitable society. The Institute's actionable solutions to local and global environmental problems are rooted in social and environmental justice. For more information, visit air.arizona.edu/deij.


Land Acknowledgement


Arizona Institute for Resilience at the University of Arizona sits on the ancestral homelands of the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui/Yoeme people whose relationships with this land continue to this day. We offer gratitude to the land and the people who have stewarded it for generations, and commit to sustaining relationships that recognize and acknowledge the people, cultures, and histories that make up our community.