Research and Publications

Current Projects:

Steering Cities: City Governments and the Governance of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Book manuscript in progress

Climate Change in Cities: Innovations in Multi-Level Governance
with Eric Chu and Susan Mason
Edited volume in progress

2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report
Societal Drivers and Cities
with the U.S. Global Change Research Program
Synthesis report in progress

Issue Proximity and Policy Attention in Local Governments
with Daniel Runfola and Benjamin Cormier
Under review

Governing Garbage: Advancing Environmental Aims in Private Sector Service Delivery
with Jacqueline Peterson
Under review

Transforming Municipal Services to Transform Cities: Understanding the Role and Influence of the Private Sector
with Jacqueline Peterson
Under review

Climate Change Adaptation in Cities: A Race to the Top?
with Scott Kalafatis
Under review

Claiming Their Futures: Urban Youth Activism and Environmental Change
In progress



Hughes, Sara. (In press) “The Politics of Urban Climate Change Policy: Toward a research agenda,” Urban Affairs Review.

Lee, Taedong and Sara Hughes. (In press) “Urban Climate Risks and Adaptation Agendas,” Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change.

Hughes, Sara. 2015. “A Meta-Analysis of Urban Climate Change Adaptation Planning in the U.S.,” Urban Climate 14(1): 17-29.

Hughes, Sara and Patricia Romero-Lankao. 2014. “Science and Institution Building in Urban Climate Change Policy Making,” Environmental Politics 23(6): 1023-1042.

Romero-Lankao, Patricia, Sara Hughes, Angelica Rosas Huerta, Roxana Burquez, Hua Qin and Andrea Lampis. 2014. “Toward an Integrated Assessment of Urban Vulnerability and Risk: Insights from Latin American cities,” Habitat International 42: 224-245.

Hughes, Sara and Stephanie Pincetl. 2014. “Evaluating Collaborative Institutions in Context: The case of regional water management in Southern California,” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 32: 20-38.

Runfola, Daniel Miller and Sara Hughes. 2014. “What Makes Green Cities Unique? Examining the economic and political characteristics of the grey-to-green continuum.” Land 3: 131-147.

Marcotullio, Peter, Sara Hughes, Andrea Sarzynski, Stephanie Pincetl, Landy Sanchez, Patricia Romero-Lankao, Daniel Runfola, Karen C. Seto. 2014. “Urbanization and the Carbon Cycle: Contributions from social science,” Earth’s Future 2(10): 496-514.

Hughes, Sara. 2013. “Justice in Urban Climate Change Adaptation: Criteria and Application to Delhi,” Ecology and Society 18(4): 48-63.

Hughes, Sara. 2013. “Authority Structures and Service Reform in Multilevel Urban Governance: The case of wastewater recycling in California and Australia,” Urban Affairs Review 49(3): 381-407.

Romero-Lankao, Patricia, Sara Hughes, Angelica Rosas-Huerta, Roxana Burquez, and Melissa Haeffner. 2013. “Institutional Capacity for Climate Change Responses: An examination of construction and pathways in Mexico City and Santiago,” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31:785-805.

Hughes, Sara, Stephanie Pincetl and Christopher Boone. 2013. “Understanding Major Urban Transitions: Drivers and Dynamics in the City of Los Angeles,” Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning 32: 51-59.

Hughes, Sara. 2012. “Voluntary Environmental Programs in the Public Sector: Evaluation of an urban water conservation program in California,” Policy Studies Journal 40(4): 650-673.

Hughes, Sara, Annie Yau, Lisa Max, Nada Petrovic, Frank Davenport, Michael Marshall, Timothy R. McClanahan, Joshua C. Cinner, Edward H. Allison. 2012. “Assessing National Level Vulnerability to Coral Reef Fisheries Decline from a Food Security Perspective,” Environmental Science and Policy 23: 95-108.

Braden, John, Jeffrey Dozier, Patricia Gober, Sara Hughes, David R. Maidment, Sandra L. Schneider, P. Wesley Schultz, James S. Shortle, Stephen K. Swallow, and Carol M. Werner. 2009. “Social Science in a Water Observing System,” Water Resources Research 45: W11301.

Hughes, Sara, Lena Partszch, and Joanne Gaskell. 2007. “Virtual Water: A critical link for integrating global water, energy, and development goals,” Sustainable Development Law and Policy 7: 58-62.


Book Chapters

Hughes, Sara and Megan Mullin (forthcoming). “The New Local Politics of Water,” in The Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy, New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Romero-Lankao, Patricia, Sarah Burch, and Sara Hughes (forthcoming). “Governing Carbon and Climate in Cities,” in Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hughes, Sara. 2014. “The Urban Future of Fisheries,” in Future of Fisheries: Perspectives for Emerging Professionals, Bethesda, MD: American Fisheries Society Press.

Romero-Lankao, Patricia, Hua Qin, Sara Hughes, Melissa Haeffner, and Mercy Borbo-Cordova. 2012. “Urban Vulnerability and Adaptation to the Health Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Extremes in Latin American Cities,” in Research in Urban Sociology, Bingly, UK: Emerald Press.

Hughes, Sara and Joan Rose. 2011. “Governing Global Aquaculture for Human Security,” In Sustainable Fisheries: Multi-Level Approaches to a Global Problem, Bethesda, MD: American Fisheries Society Press.

Hughes, Sara and Jennifer McKay. 2010. “The Contribution of Actors to Achieving Sustainability in Australia through Water Policy Transitions,” In Policy Entrepreneurs: A research companion to water transitions around the world, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Press.

Hughes, Sara and Lena Partszch. 2009. “Greening the Streams: US and EU Water Foreign Policy,” in Environmental Change and Foreign Policy, London, UK: Routledge Press.


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