Diana Liverman

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Phone: (520) 626-2910

Admin Phone: (520) 626-4345

Fax: (520) 626-6227

Email Address: liverman@email.arizona.edu

Co-Director (on sabbatical June 2014-July 2015), Institute of the Environment

PhD UCLA, MA University of Toronto, BA University College London

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In addition to directing the Institute of the Environment I am Regents Professor of Geography and Development, University of Arizona; and also associated with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Arid Lands program at UA. I am a also Visiting Professor of Environmental Policy and Development, School of Geography and Environment, and Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University

Sabbatical Arrangements (June 1 2014 to Aug 15 2015)

I will be on research leave/sabbatical (my first in 15 years!) from June 1 2014 for 14 months and will be stepping down as Co-Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona for that period. In order to fulfil my sabbatical obligations I will not be teaching or doing any university administration.  My focus will be writing and working on new research projects and I will be away from my office for the year and may be slow in responding to email.  I am reluctant to accept speaking engagements and would prefer not to do reviews. Thank you!

For Institute of the Environment matters please contact one or more of the following:

Jonathan Overpeck, Director, jto@u.arizona.edu

Betsy Woodhouse, Deputy Director, woodhou1@email.arizona.edu

Tina Gargus, Senior Program Coordinator, tinagargus@email.arizona.edu


About Me...

My expertise and research interests focus on the human dimensions of environmental change, connecting earth and social sciences to understand challenges of drought and climate change, climate policy, climate change communication, food security, land use, and international environmental governance.  I am probably best known for my research on climate vulnerability, climate assessment, carbon offsets and climate and development, and have also published on NAFTA and the environment, planetary boundaries and climate governance. I have advised a wide range of government committees, NGOs and businesses on climate issues.

I codirect the University of Arizona Institute of the Environment with Jonathan Overpeck. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach on the environment across the University of Arizona. My tenure and disciplinary home is in the School of Geography and Development where I contribute to the human-environment/political ecology/governance cluster and help to coordinate the BA in Environmental Studies. I maintain an affiliation with Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute which I directed from 2003 to 2009. I am the founder of the Carson Fellows program at the University of Arizona which trains students to better communicate their research and was the codesigner of the new international research program Future Earth.

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