The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) is pleased to announce that Professor Patricia Gober has been awarded the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) Presidential Achievement Award. The award presentation took place on April 14 at the AAG annual meeting in Seattle. Gober was the first woman to receive the award, which was initiated in 2004.
Prior to joining the JSGS in January 2011, Gober was a professor of sustainability at Arizona State University and co-director of the Decision Centre for a Desert City in Arizona State University’s Global Institute for Sustainability. The award recognizes her extraordinary record of leadership and service to geography including the creation and implementation of an innovative forum, the Decision Centre for a Desert City, in which geographers interact with other specialists and members of the public to address important societal problems. The centre was honored in 2008 with the prestigious Prince Sultan Abdulaziz International Prize for Water.Gober’s current research includes climate change and water management in the Colorado River Basin, urban climate adaptation, vulnerability assessments, urban heat island development in Phoenix, strategies for decision-making under uncertainty, and best practices in science-policy engagement.