Kelli M Archie

Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI)
Research Affiliate
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Dr. Kelli M Archie is an environmental social scientist who has spent the past decade and a half working as an academic and nonprofit leader in New Zealand and the USA. Her research addresses a variety of topics from systemic change to climate change adaptation and she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in climate change, geography, environmental science, and environmental studies. Having grown up in Colorado, Kelli is especially interested in alpine areas and has conducted research in the USA, the Indian Himalayas, New Zealand, and Vanuatu. Kelli was the inaugural director of the Climate Change Science and Policy graduate program at the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute and served as Senior Science Advisor at The Institute for Ecological Civilization. Kelli was managing editor of The New Possible: Visions of our World Beyond Crisis and has extensive experience using a variety of social science research methods including surveys, interviews, and Delphi techniques. She earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and a B.A. in Economics from Colorado State University. Kelli currently serves on the board of Protect Our Winters (POW) New Zealand and Rocky Mountain Nordic and was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust.

Kelli lives high in the Colorado Rockies with her husband, four daughters, and one giant, unruly dog. When not conducting research, she can be found on a trail—skiing, climbing, hiking, biking, and taking far too many photos.


PhD, Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder
MS, Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder
BA, Economics, Colorado State University