Stephanie Buechler

Stephanie Buechler

  • Associate Research Professor
  • Gender Equity in Ag Research and Education (GEARE) program;
  • and International and National Extension
  • Agricultural Sciences Global
136 Agricultural Administration Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Gender and urban agriculture
  • Gender, renewable energy and agriculture
  • Gender, water and agriculture
  • Gender, global environmental change and agriculture
  • Gender, youth and agriculture
  • Gender and development


  • PhD in Sociology, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, 2001.
  • MPA in Public Affairs, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1992.
  • BA in International Relations, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 1989.

Stephanie Buechler joined Penn State in July 2021 as an Associate Research Professor in Ag Sciences Global working with GEARE (Gender Equity in Agricultural Research and Education) and with Extension, including the Globalizing Extension, Innovation Network (GEIN) initiative. Her work explores the intersections of gender, environmental change and agriculture (including urban agriculture) and gender, renewable energy and agriculture. She currently has projects in South America, Mexico and the U.S. Previously, she was an Associate Research Professor in Geography and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona and prior to that, Research Scientist with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Mexico and India and project manager with Caritas in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She has lived, worked and conducted applied research in Latin America, South Asia and the SW and NE U.S.  

Affiliate Faculty: Ecosystems Science and Management

Selected Publications

Stephanie Buechler, Zoelie Rivera Ocasio, Kathleen Kelley, Michaela Centinari and Sarah Peachey.  2024. 'Women Grape and Wine Producers in Pennsylvania, USA and Mendoza, Argentina: Meeting Sustainability Challenges through Networks'. Policy brief.

Lina Tami Barrera, Stephanie Buechler, Zoelie Rivera Ocasio, Ángela Moncaleano Niño, Catalina Lloreda, Andres Torres, Sandra Carvajal Quintero, Sergio Orrego Suaza, Maria Ximena Velosa Amature, Miguel Hernández and Leris Zuñiga. 2024. 'Managing the Water-Energy-Food-Gender Nexus: between Subsistence and Sustainability on Isla Fuerte, Colombia'. Research Report.

Spangler, K., Smithwick, E. A., Buechler, S., & Baka, J. (2024). Just energy imaginaries? Examining realities of solar development on Pennsylvania's farmland. Energy Research & Social Science108, 103394.

Ochoa, R. G., Teran, A. Z., Gómez, L. E. C., Scott, C. A., Medina, S. P., Balarezo, T., Peña, S., Buechler, S, ...& Molina, K. G. M. (2023). Evaluación del proyecto de saneamiento transfronterizo en Ambos Nogales. Identificando lo homogéneo de lo diverso. Estudios Fronterizos, (24), 12.

Stephanie Buechler and Karina Martínez.  2021.  Energy Justice, Renewable Energy, and the Rural-Urban Divide: Insights from the Southwest U.S.  Energy and Climate Change.

Buechler, S. and S. Mansaray.  2021. Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic through Community Gardens: A Lifeline to Food Security. Research Report.  University of Arizona and the Community Gardens of Tucson.

Buechler, S., S. Mansaray, S. Feierabend and B. Plenk.  2021. Making Water Affordable for Tucson’s Non-profit Sector-Managing Urban Food Production During COVID-19 Hardships and Beyond.  Policy Brief.  University of Arizona and the Community Gardens of Tucson.

Stephanie Buechler, Verónica Vázquez García, Karina G. Martínez Molina and Dulce M. Sosa Capistrán.  2020.  Patriarchy and (electric) Power? A Feminist Political Ecology of Solar Energy Use in Mexico and the United StatesEnergy Research and Social Science. 70.

América Lutz Ley and Stephanie Buechler. 2020. Mining and Women in Northwest Mexico: a Feminist Political Ecology Approach to Impacts on Rural Livelihoods.  Human Geography. 13(1).

Stephanie Buechler and América Lutz-Ley.  2019.  Livelihoods with Multiple Stressors: Gendered Youth Decision-making Under Global Change in Northwest Mexico. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Stephanie Buechler. 2016. Gendered Vulnerabilities and Grassroots Adaptation Initiatives in Home Gardens and Small Orchards in Northwest Mexico.  Special Issue: ‘Gender perspectives in resilience and adaptation to global change research.’ Ambio a Journal of the Human Environment, 45(3), 322-334.

Stephanie Buechler, Debashish Sen, Neha Khandekar and Christopher Scott. 2016. Re-Linking Governance of Energy with Livelihoods and Irrigation in Uttarakhand, India. Water, 8(10)437. DOI:10.3390/w8100437.

Stephanie Buechler and Anne-Marie Hanson (eds). 2015.  A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change (Routledge, 2015)

Anne-Marie Hanson and Stephanie Buechler. 2015. Towards a Feminist Political Ecology of Women, Global Change and Vulnerable Waterscapes. Pp. 1-16. In: Stephanie Buechler and Anne-Marie Hanson (eds).   A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change (Routledge, 2015)