James Buizer

Past Chair, NCSE Board of Directors
Director, Climate Adaptation & International Development, University of Arizona

James (Jim) Buizer is Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment  and Director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Program in the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, where he is also a Member of the Faculties of Arid Lands Studies, and the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Global Change. Jim’s research interests are in sustainability science, adaptation to impacts of climate variability and change, institutional design and transformation, and boundary spanning organizations.

Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Jim was Senior Advisor to Arizona State University (ASU) President Michael Crow, and Executive Director for Strategic Institutional Advancement in the Office of the President. He also held an appointment as Professor of Practice in Climate Adaptation Policy & Institutional Design in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Upon arriving ASU in September 2003 until July 2007 Professor Buizer served as founding Executive Director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives in the Office of the President, where he led the conceptualization, design, and implementation of the

University-wide Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) and its School of Sustainability, launched fall 2006 as the first of its kind in the world. He maintains an appointment as Senior Sustainability Scientist at ASU.

Until 2003, Jim served as Director of the Climate and Societal Interactions Office at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for designing and leading the Agency’s integrated, multidisciplinary research and applications program positioned at the climate and societal interface.  In his personal capacity, he has served on numerous Boards. He is immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment, and serves as Chairman of the

Board of Directors, Second Nature, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for Planet Forward, the Board on Global Strategies for the American Meteorological Society, and on the Senior Advisory Council of the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia, Bangkok, Thailand.

Buizer has published extensively on institutionalizing the science-to-action interface, integrating climate information into development decision processes, and climate assessments. He received his degrees in Oceanography, Marine Resource Economics, and Science Policy from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.