The International Programs initiative is one of the several centers, programs, and institutes that make up the Arizona Institute for Resilient Environments and Societies (AIRES). AIRES International Programs (AIRES-IP) supports University of Arizona (UAz) faculty, students, and researchers in their pursuits of resilience scholarship in international contexts and seeks to increase research and educational opportunities. 

The UAz is a recognized leader in many of the topics that persistently challenge societal well-being and progress across the globe. Domains of expertise include geography, anthropology, area studies, human rights, public health, political economy, public policy, agricultural economics, water security, climate change adaptation, agricultural extension, and the human dimensions of global change. This talent creates an important opportunity for individuals at UAz to learn from each other and help broader advance theoretical, practical, methodological, and educational contributions to international development.

AIRES-IP aligns with the overarching mission of the Arizona Institute for Resilient Environment and Societies to provide a roadmap towards resilience among global communities to manage risks and identify solutions to societal and environmental challenges.

AIRES-IP is also part of the Arizona Initiative for Resilience and International Development (AIRID). AIRID is partnership initiative between AIRES-IP, the Office of International Development, the Humanitarian Assistance Technical Support Project, and the University of Arizona’s Associate Vice President for Resilience and International Development. AIRID manages a UAz network of faculty and students, develops partnerships with major external development organizations and funders, organizes science teams to pursue resilience and development opportunities, and enables the UAz knowledge and skills to shape international develop ideas. The mission of AIRID is to establish the UAz as a globally recognized thought and practice leader and the university partner of choice for resilience and international development. AIRID envisions a university deeply engaged in supporting and empowering communities and countries to become more resilient and to achieve their development goals.

What is Resilience? 

Resilience is a multi-faceted concept that cuts across multiple disciplines and societal sectors. We broadly characterize resilience as the degree to which individuals, households, communities, and systems (social, economic, and environmental) function in the face of shocks and stresses. Knowledge of how resilience manifests in international development contexts can inform the design of programs, projects, and interventions that seek progress in the face of global societal and environmental changes.

To advance the resilience of individuals, households, communities, and systems, research is needed to understand how to improve resilience in the context of international development. In addition, geographically and culturally appropriate international development agendas require cross-disciplinary expertise, regional knowledge, and sensitive collaboration with communities and sectors.


To establish the University of Arizona as a globally recognized thought leader on international resilience research for development.


A more resilient and sustainable world that leverages scientific research with geographically relevant and culturally appropriate knowledge and sensitivities to inform international sustainable development goals and agendas.


The following two overarching objectives support the mission and vision of AIRES International Programs:

Objective 1

Advance scholarship on resilience topics in international development contexts.

We accomplish this through two mechanisms:

  1. Promote funding, interdisciplinary research collaboration, and educational opportunities for faculty, staff, and students at UAz to pursue international resilience-based research.

  2. Produce and support cutting-edge research on resilience in international contexts.

Objective 2

Steward an Arizona Initiative for Resilience and International Development (AIRID) Network consisting of UAz faculty, students, and researchers who are advancing academic and educational opportunities related to international development challenges. 

We accomplish this through three mechanisms:

  1. Identify and invite faculty, students, and research staff at the University of Arizona to contribute to AIRID Network’s initiatives that leverage opportunities for funding and research consultancies identified by university and industry partners.

  2. Develop networking opportunities for individuals to connect and collaborate on relevant academic and educational initiatives.

  3. Manage information and knowledge exchange among network members and academic units.