Matt Cohen

  • Ph.D. Candidate, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


Matt Cohen is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainability, studying public participation and urban development. Matt holds a B.A. in International Studies from Centre College, a Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati and a Professional Science Masters in Climate Science and Solutions from Northern Arizona University. Before enrolling at Arizona State University (ASU), Matt lived in Flagstaff for four years, exploring the Coconino National Forest and working within the town’s sustainability community, including an AmeriCorps experience with an environmental education center. Through the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU, Matt has participated in visioning research through the Reinvent Phoenix Project, allowing him to engage with community stakeholders to shape shared visions of a sustainable future for Phoenix. He has over five years of professional sustainability experience in both the nonprofit and public sectors and as an independent sustainability consultant. Matt has one year of teaching experience in Quito, Ecuador and two years of education administration with the Willow Bend Environmental Education Center in Flagstaff. When he’s free from the demands of graduate school, Matt spends his time hiking, traveling, gardening/cooking/eating, and listening to baseball games on the radio.


sustainability solution options; participatory research; sustainable urban development; co-benefits to climate change mitigation; food systems

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship, 2013
  • Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship, Arizona State University, 2012
  • Hooper Sustainability Award, Northern Arizona University, 2011
  • National Science Foundation Professional Science Master's Fellowship, 2010


    M.S., Climate Science and Solutions, Northern Arizona University, 2011

    M.C.P., Community Planning, University of Cincinnati, 2007

    B.A., International Studies, minor Government, Centre College, 2005


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