Diane Austin

About Diane Austin

Dr. Diane Austin’s work examines the impacts of the offshore oil and gas industry in communities along the Gulf of Mexico; addresses environmental issues along the Arizona-Sonora border, and involves Southern Paiute cultural resource and environmental monitoring and education in the context of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program. She conducts most of her work in the context of long-term, multisectoral partnerships with governmental, non-governmental, academic, and business organizations and specializes in the development of community-based participatory research approaches.

As coordinator of BARA's internship program, Dr. Austin seeks to expand opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students to work directly on sponsored research projects. She includes students in her own research and outreach initiatives and helps to identify other projects on which students can become involved.

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Contact Information

Research Anthropologist, Professor and Director of the School of Anthropology
Telephone: 520-626-3879
Office: Haury Anthropology Building, Room 210F


1989-1994 University of Michigan, Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environment, Major Field: Environmental Policy and Behavior
1982-1983 California Institute of Technology, M.S., Environmental Engineering Sciences
1977-1981 Texas Christian University, B.S., Environmental Sciences/Biology, Summa Cum Laude, with Departmental Honors
Texas Christian University, B.S. in Ed., Elementary Education, Summa Cum Laude

Disertation Title

Knowledge and Values in the Decision Making Around Hazardous Waste Facilities: An Application of the Active-Symbol Cognitive Map