Scott Kalafatis, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Sustainability
Eden Hall LDG1

Hometown:  Richmond, VA
Joined Chatham:  2019 


I am a social scientist whose research, teaching, and service explores ways in which addressing environmental challenges can enhance and empower communities. I have used survey design, Census data, qualitative interviews, regression analysis, social network analysis, GIS, computer assisted drawing analysis, Delphi expert elicitation, case studies, and focus groups in mixed method studies to understand and facilitate communities’ transdisciplinary and cross-cultural efforts to appropriately utilize environmental science to enhance environmental policy efforts. 

  • Ph.D., 2016, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • M.U.P., 2012, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • M.S., 2012, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • B.A., 2006, University of Virginia
  • Kalafatis, Scott E., Jasmine Neosh, Kyle Powys Whyte, Julie C. Libarkin, and Chris Caldwell. (2019) Experiential Learning Processes Informing Climate Change Decision. Weather, Climate and Society. 11(3): 681-694.
  • Kalafatis, Scott E. and Julie C. Libarkin. (2019) What Perceptions Do Scientists Have about their Potential Role in Connecting Science with Policy? Geosphere. 15(3): 702-715.
  • Kalafatis, Scott E., Julie C. Libarkin, Kyle Powys Whyte, and Chris Caldwell. (2019) Utilizing the Dynamic Role of Objects to Enhance Cross-Cultural Climate Change Collaborations. Weather, Climate and Society. 11(1): 113–125.
  • Kalafatis, Scott E. (2018) Comparing Climate Change Policy Adoption and Its Extension across Areas of City Policymaking. Policy Studies Journal. 46(3): 700-719.
  • Kalafatis, Scott E. (2018) When Do Cities Overlap Climate Change, Sustainability, and Economic Development Considerations? Environmental Politics. 27(1): 115-138.
  • Kalafatis, Scott E. and Maria Carmen Lemos. (2017) The Emergence of Climate Change Policy Entrepreneurs in Urban Regions. Regional Environmental Change 17(6): 1791-1799.
  • Kalafatis, Scott E. (2017) Identifying the Potential for Climate Compatible Development Efforts and the Missing Links. Sustainability 9 Special Issue: Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Development.
  • Kalafatis, Scott E., Maria Carmen Lemos, Yun-Jia Lo, Kenneth A. Frank. (2015) Increasing information usability for climate adaptation: The role of knowledge networks and communities of practice. Global Environmental Change 32 (May 2015): 30-39.
  • Kalafatis, Scott E., Ashlee Grace, and Elizabeth Gibbons. (2015) Making Climate Science Accessible in Toledo: The Linked Boundary Chain Approach. Climate Risk Management 9 Special Issue, Boundary Organizations: 30-40.
  • Briley, Laura, Daniel Brown, and Scott E. Kalafatis. (2015) Overcoming barriers during the co-production of climate information for decision-making. Climate Risk Management 9 Special Issue, Boundary Organizations: 41-49.
  • Kirchhoff, Christine J., Maria Carmen Lemos, and Scott E. Kalafatis. (2015) Creating synergy with boundary chains: Can they improve usability of climate information? Climate Risk Management 9 Special Issue, Boundary Organizations: 77-85.
  • Kirchhoff, Christine J., Maria Carmen Lemos, and Scott E. Kalafatis. (2015) Narrowing the gap between climate science and adaptation action: the role of Boundary Chains. Climate Risk Management 9 Special Issue, Boundary Organizations: 1-5.
  • Kalafatis, Scott E., Maureen Campbell, Frazier Fathers, Katrina L. Laurent, Kathryn B. Friedman, Gail Krantzberg, Don Scavia, and Irena F. Creed. (2015) Out of Control: How we failed to adapt and suffered the consequences. International Journal of Great Lakes Research 41(1): 20-29.
  • Dilling, Lisa, Kirsten Lackstrom, Benjamin Haywood, Kirstin Dow, Maria Carmen Lemos, John Berggren, and Scott Kalafatis. (2015) What Stakeholder Needs Tell Us about Enabling Adaptive Capacity: The Intersection of Context and Information Provision across Regions in the United States. Weather, Climate and Society 7(1): 5-17.
  • Lemos, Maria Carmen, Christine J. Kirchhoff, Scott E. Kalafatis, Donald Scavia, Richard B. Rood. (2014) Moving climate information off the shelf: Boundary Chains and the role of RISAs as adaptive organizations. Weather, Climate and Society 6(2): 273–285.
  • Frank, Kenneth A., I-Chien Chen, Youngmi Lee, Scott Kalafatis, Tingqiao Chen, Yun-Jia Lo, Maria Carmen Lemos. (2012) Network Location and Policy-Oriented Behavior: An analysis of Two-Mode Networks of Co-authored Documents Concerning Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region. Policy Studies Journal 40(3): 492-515.