My work focuses on people’s perspectives and community actions in changing landscapes and social and natural resource conditions. Current research and engagement efforts focus on wellbeing in Utah cities and river-related actions in the Intermountain West. I’m interested in providing sound data to support local and regional decisions on land use, natural resource management, and wellbeing.

Over my career, I have been part of many highly interdisciplinary efforts to better understand natural resource systems, including Utah’s mountain water sustainability, farmers’ soil conservation efforts in Austria, the systems ecology of Montana’s Flathead Lake and Riverscape, Central Illinois’ nutrient-loaded agricultural system, Alaska’s traditional use of wild berries and their health and wellbeing implications, and the forest health context of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula and North-central Colorado. Working across disciplinary lines, as well as working with people beyond the scientific realm, is integral to addressing complex social-environmental changes.

My team and I are excited to be part of two new large NSF-funded projects – the Transformation Network (NSF-SRS) focused on sustainability, watersheds and wellbeing in the Intermountain West and iGUIDE focused on geospatial and cyberinfrastructure for science on hydroclimatic extremes and water infrastructure. Both of these projects advance convergence research agendas. I also lead the Utah Wellbeing Project and partner with about 40 cities in Utah to survey residents on their wellbeing and other local perspectives and concerns.

Current CV

Current Research

  • NSF-funded Transformation Network on sustainability transitions in the Intermountain West with particular emphasis on headwaters, rural-urban connections, Indigenous knowledge, food-energy-water systems, community and environmental wellbeing, and sustainable governance. Our contributions focus on wellbeing characterizations at regional and local scales as well as river and watershed organizations as transformation agents.
  • NSF-funded iGUIDE on geospatial science for disaster resilience and environmental sustainability. Current research focuses on social dimensions of aging dam vulnerability and hydroclimatic extremes.
  • Utah Wellbeing Project Assessing the wellbeing of people in Utah cities to inform local planning processes.
  • Social Ecology of Rivers Assessing relationships between people and rivers, and particularly the role of river-related organizations, in the Intermountain West, USA
  • Stakeholder Priority Assessment for the Santa Fe Watershed, New Mexico

National & International Engagement


  • Ph.D Rural Sociology. Pennsylvania State University (University Park), 2004.
  • M.S Geography, University of Colorado (Boulder), 1993.
  • B.S. Geography, Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff), 1990.

Select Recent Publications

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Next Generation Earth Systems Science at the National Science Foundation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26042
  • Wilkins EJ, Akbar H, Saley TC, Hager R, Elkin CM, Belmont P, Flint CG, Smith, JW. 2021. Climate change and Utah ski resorts: Impacts, perceptions, and adaptation strategies. Mountain Research and Development, 41(3). https://doi.org/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-20-00065.1
  • Miller BA, Pearse WD, Flint CG. 2021. Saving the forest from the trees: Expert views on funding restoration of northern Arizona ponderosa pine forests through registered carbon offsets. Forests 12, 1119. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12081119
  • Qin H, H Brenkert-Smith, J Vickery, C Sanders, CG Flint. 2021. Changing perceptions and actions in response to forest disturbance by mountain pine beetles in north-central Colorado. Journal of Forestry https://doi.org/10.1093/jofore/fvab020.
  • Brice E, BA Miller, H Zhang, K Goldstein, S Zimmer, G Grosklos, P Belmont, C Flint, J Givens, P Adler, M Brunson, J Smith. 2020. Impacts of climate change on multiple use management of Bureau of Land Management land in the Intermountain West (USA). Ecosphere 11(11):e03286. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.3286.
  • Braito M, H Leonhardt, M Penker, E Schauppenlehner-Kloyber, G Thaler, C Flint. 2020. The plurality of farmers’ views on soil management calls for policy mix. Land Use Policy 99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104876
  • Flint CG, KR Koci. 2020. Local resident perspectives on water reuse in Northern Utah. Water Environment ResearchDOI: 10.1002/wer.1367
  • Flint CG, E Wynn, T Paveglio, A Boyd, C Bullock. 2019. Variations in newspaper coverage on water in the US Intermountain West. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 55(5):1306-1322. https://doi.org/10.1111/1752-1688.12780
  • Flint CG, KT Dean, B Yang, D Jackson-Smith. 2019. Socio-scientific research and practice: Evaluating outcomes from a transdisciplinary urban water systems project. Socio-Ecological Practice Research. 1(1): 55-66. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42532-019-00007-5.
  • Mayeda A, A Boyd, T Paveglio, C Flint. 2019. Media representations of water issues as health risks. Environmental Communication. https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2018.1513054.Koci KB and CG Flint. 2018. Children’s health and safety risks posed by irrigation water in northern Utah. International Public Health Journal. 10(4): 517-526.
  • Hale R, CG Flint, D Jackson-Smith, J Endter-Wada. 2018. Integrating human and physical aspects of urban flood hazards. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1111/1752-1688.12676.
  • Haeffner M, D Jackson-Smith, CG Flint. 2018. Social position influencing the water perception gap between local leaders and constituents in a socio-hydrological system. Water Resources Research. DOI:10.1002/2017WR021456.
  • Hand BK, CG Flint, JA Stanford, CA Frissell, CC Mulhfeld, SP Devlin, BP Kennedy, RL Crabtree, A McKee, G Luikart. 2018. A social–ecological perspective for riverscape management in the Columbia River Basin. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 16(S1): S23–S33, doi: 10.1002/fee.1752.