What I Do

seeking social development, with justice through scholarship and activism

Research Professor of Social Development, Arizona Research Laboratories, University of Arizona

Lawmaker, elected 2 terms to the Arizona House of Representatives (2003-2006)

President, International Network on Displacement and Resettlement www.displacement.net

Applied anthropologist. Past-President, The Society for Applied Anthropology


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2011 National Anti-Corruption Awardee

Change how, not simply who governs.

Ted Downing was award one of two national Anti-Corruption Award for his work on writing the initial draft of the Arizona Top 2 Primary  (Open Elections/Open Government) Initiative,  a change in elections that may structurally check the out of control hyper-partisanship in the US Congress. The award was made by the New York Independent Parties.

Enjoy Downing 26 Oct 12 OpEd

Ted and his associates continue seeking ways to change how those who govern will better represent us.

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Explore Ted's Innovative Work


View a 2 min video form   Who is Ted Downing? by Tani Sanchez.

Review Ted’s on-going work to end government financing of political parties and institute a new open election system. The Arizona Open Primary Election Initiative gathered over 350,000 signatures and was on the ballot in November 2012, but failed to pass.  As it California, it may take several attempts.

Professionally, Ted and Carmen continues with this attempt to avoid and mitigate the impact on millions of people worldwide who face needless impoverishment by being in the pathway of development projects. Their internationally recognized theory of Routine and Dissonant Culture  explains the psycho-social and cultural disruptions facing the displaced.

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