James (Jim) Buizer is professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and interim director of the Arizona Institutes for Resilient Environment and Societies, where he is also director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Program. Buizer's research interests are in sustainability science, adaptation to impacts of climate variability and change, institutional design and transformation, and boundary spanning organizations.
Prior to joining The University of Arizona, Buizer was senior advisor to Arizona State University (ASU) President Michael Crow, and executive director for Strategic Institutional Transformation in the Office of the President. Upon arriving at ASU in September 2003 until July 2007, he served as founding executive director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives in the Office of the President, where he led the conceptualization, design, and implementation of the university-wide Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) and its School of Sustainability, launched fall 2006, as the first of its kind in the world. He maintains an appointment as Senior Sustainability Scientist at ASU.
Until 2003, Buizer served as director of the Climate and Societal Interactions Office at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for designing and leading the agency’s integrated, multidisciplinary research and applications program positioned at the climate and societal interface. In his personal capacity, he has served on numerous boards. He is the immediate past chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Council for Science and the Environment, and serves as chairman of the Board of Directors at Second Nature, Inc. He also serves on the Council of Advisors for Planet Forward and on the board on Global Strategies for the American Meteorological Society.
Buizer has published extensively on institutionalizing the science-to-action interface, integrating climate information into development decision processes, and climate assessments. He received his degrees in oceanography, marine resource economics, and science policy from the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington.