Stephanie Buechler

Stephanie Buechler

  • Associate Research Professor
  • Gender Equity in Agricultural 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.  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.  Her work explores the intersections of gender, environmental change and agriculture (including urban agriculture) and gender, renewable energy and agriculture.

Affiliate Faculty: Ecosystems Science and Management

Selected Publications

Stephanie Buechler and Karina Martínez.  Forthcoming 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)


García, Rigoberto, Adriana Zúniga-Terán, Luis Cevera, Christopher Scott, Tomás Balarezo, Sergio Peña, Stephanie Buechler, Jorge Muñan and Karina Martínez. (2023). Evaluation of the cross-border sanitation project in Ambos Nogales. Identifying the homogeneous from the diverse.
Estudios Fronterizos., García, Rigoberto, Zúniga-Terán, Adriana, Cevera, Luis, Scott, C, Balarezo, Tomás, Peña, Sergio, Buechler, Stephanie, Muñan, Jorge, Martínez, Karina, 2023

The Water–Energy–Food Nexus with an Exploration of Gender Issues, Buechler, Stephanie, Scott-Buechler, Gabriel, 2023

Energy justice, renewable energy, and the rural-urban divide: Insights from the Southwest U.S.
Energy and Climate Change, Buechler, Stephanie, Martínez-Molina, Karina Guadalupe, 2021

Hydrodiplomacy in Ambos Nogales: Lessons Learned from Binational Water Management, Zuniga-Terán, Adriana, Norman, Laura, Buechler, Stephanie, Lara-Valencia, Francisco, Murrieta, Joaquin, 2021

Dialogic science-policy networks for water security governance in the arid Americas
Environmental Development, Lutz-Ley, América N., Scott, Christopher A., Wilder, Margaret, Varady, Robert G., Ocampo-Melgar, Anahi, Lara-Valencia, Francisco, Zuniga-Teran, Adriana A., Buechler, Stephanie, Díaz-Caravantes, Rolando, Ribeiro Neto, Alfredo, Pineda-Pablos, Nicolás, Martín, Facundo, 2021

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic through Community Gardens: A Lifeline to Food Security, Buechler, Stephanie, Mansaray, Sehdia, 2021

Making Water Affordable for Tucson’s Non-profit Sector-Managing Urban Food Production During COVID-19 Hardships and Beyond., Buechler, Stephanie, Mansaray, Sehdia, Feierabend, S, Plenk, Bruce, 2021

Urban food accessibility and diversity: Exploring the role of small non-chain grocers
Applied Geography, Bao, Katharine Yang, Tong, Daoqin, Plane, David A., Buechler, Stephanie, 2020

Patriarchy and (electric) power? A feminist political ecology of solar energy use in Mexico and the United States
Energy Research and Social Science, Buechler, Stephanie, Vázquez-García, Verónica, Martínez-Molina, Karina Guadalupe, Sosa-Capistrán, Dulce María, 2020

Livelihoods with multiple stressors: Gendered youth decision-making under global change in rural Northwest Mexico
Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, Buechler, Stephanie, Lutz-Ley, América, 2020

Gendered Socio-Ecological Impacts of Mining in the Sonoran Desert Transboundary Region, Ley, America, Buechler, Stephanie, Contreras, Lorenia Vel\'azquez, None, 2018

Food-Energy-Water Nexus Challenges in Low-income Neighborhood Community Gardens in Tucson, Arizona, Buechler, Stephanie, 2018

Promoting gender inclusiveness and empowerment in hydropower development, Buechler, Stephanie, 2017

A synthesis of convergent reflections, tensions and silences in linking gender and global environmental change research
Ambio, Iniesta-Arandia, Irene, Ravera, Federica, Buechler, Stephanie, Díaz-Reviriego, Isabel, Fernández-Giménez, María E., Reed, Maureen G., Thompson-Hall, Mary, Wilmer, Hailey, Aregu, Lemlem, Cohen, Philippa, Djoudi, Houria, Lawless, Sarah, Martín-López, Berta, Smucker, Thomas, Villamor, Grace B., Wangui, Elizabeth Edna, 2016

Re-linking governance of energy with livelihoods and irrigation in Uttarakhand, India
Water (Switzerland), Buechler, Stephanie, Sen, Debashish, Khandekar, Neha, Scott, Christopher A., 2016

A Comprehensive Food Access Analysis in Tucson
MAP AZ Dashboard, Tong, Daoqin, Buechler, Stephanie, Bao, Yang, 2016

Governance, Livelihoods and Gender Issues in Run-of-the-River Hydropower Project Areas in Uttarakhand, India, Buechler, Stephanie, 2016

Honduran boys confronting adversity: urban multi-locality and kin mobilization
Children's Geographies, Schmidt, Leigh Anne, Buechler, Stephanie, 2015

A political ecology of women, water and global environmental change, Buechler, Stephanie, Hanson, Anne Marie, 2015

Gender, Class and Caste Dynamics of Livelihoods near Hyderabad, India
Diverting the Flow: Gender Equity and Water in South Asia, Buechler, Stephanie, MEKALA, GAYATHRI, 2014

Wastewater use for urban and peri-urban agriculture
Cities Farming for the Future, Buechler, Stephanie, Mekala, Gayathri, Keraita, Ben, 2013