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Diana Liverman

University of Arizona

Based in

United States
North America

Diana Liverman is Regents Professor of Geography, Development and Environment at the University of Arizona. Her work addresses the causes, consequences, and responses to climate change, especially climate vulnerability, adaptation and climate justice, adaptation, governance, the role of the arts, and the links between environment and sustainable development. She was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on 1.5°C and is a fellow of the AAAS and member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Mexico

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Scientific assessments Agriculture

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Selected Publications

Eriksen, S., Schipper, E.L.F., Scoville-Simonds, M., Vincent, K., Adam, H.N., Brooks, N., Harding, B., Lenaerts, L., Liverman, D., Mills-Novoa, M. and Mosberg, M., 2021. Adaptation interventions and their effect on vulnerability in developing countries: Help, hindrance or irrelevance? World Development, 141, p.105383.

Mills‐Novoa, Megan and Diana M Liverman. 2019. Nationally Determined Contributions: Material climate commitments and discursive positioning in the NDCs. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.589

Roy, J., P. Tschakert, H. Waisman, S. Abdul Halim, P. Antwi-Agyei, P. Dasgupta, B. Hayward, M. Kanninen, D. Liverman, C. Okereke, P.F. Pinho, K. Riahi, and A.G. Suarez Rodriguez, 2018: Sustainable Development, Poverty Eradication and Reducing Inequalities.
Chapter 5 in Global Warming of 1.5°C. An IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty [Masson-Delmotte, V., P. Zhai, H.-O. Pörtner, D. Roberts, J. Skea, P.R. Shukla, A. Pirani, W. Moufouma-Okia, C. Péan, R. Pidcock, S. Connors, J.B.R. Matthews, Y. Chen, X. Zhou, M.I. Gomis, E. Lonnoy, T. Maycock, M. Tignor, and T. Waterfield (eds.)].

Steffen, W., Rockström, J., Richardson, K., Lenton, T. M., Folke, C., Liverman, D., Summerhayes, C. P., et al. 2018. Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(33) 8252-8259.

Gay-Antaki, M., & Liverman, D. 2018. Climate for women in climate science: Women scientists and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(9), 2060-2065.

Klinsky, Sonja, Timmons Roberts, Saleemul Huq, Chukwumerije Okereke, Peter Newell, Peter Dauvergne, Karen O’Brien, Heike Schroeder, Petra Tschakert, Jennifer Clapp, Margaret Keck, Frank Biermann, Diana Liverman, Joyeeta Gupta, Atiq Rahman, Dirk Messner, David Pellow, Steffen Bauer. 2017. Why equity is fundamental in climate change policy research, Global Environmental Change, 44: 170-173

Wilder, Margaret, Liverman Diana M. Bellante Laurel and Tracey Osborne. 2016. Southwest Climate Gap: Poverty and Environmental Justice in the U.S. Southwest. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 10.1080/13549839.2015.1116063

Laura Canevari-Luzardo, Joan Bastide, Isabelle Choutet & Diana Liverman. 2015. Using partial participatory GIS in vulnerability and disaster risk reduction in Grenada, Climate and Development 9(5): 95-109. DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2015.1067593

Liverman, D. 2015. US National climate assessment gaps and research needs: overview, the economy and the international context. Climatic Change 135(1):173-186.

Liverman, Diana. 2015. Reading climate change and climate governance as political ecologies. Chapter 23 for the Handbook of Political Ecology, Routledge Eds. Tom Perreault, Gavin Bridge, and James McCarthy
Biermann F., Abbott K., Andresen S., Backstrand K., Bernstein S., Betsill M.M., Bulkeley H., Cashore B., Clapp J., Folke C., Gupta A., Gupta J., Haas P.M., Jordan A., Kanie N., Kluvankova-Oravska T., Lebel L., Liverman D., Meadowcroft J., Mitchell R.B., Newell P., Oberthur S., Olsson L., Pattberg P., Sanchez-Rodriguez R., Schroeder H., Underdal A., Vieira S.C., Vogel C., Young O.R., Brock A., Zondervan R. 2012. Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance. Science 335:1306-1307.

Kuruppu, Natasha, and Diana Liverman. 2011. Mental preparation for climate adaptation: The role of cognition and culture in enhancing adaptive capacity of water management in Kiribati. Global Environmental Change, 21(2):657-669.

New, M, Liverman D., Schroeder H. and Anderson K. 2011. Four degrees and beyond: the potential for a global temperature increase of four degrees and its implications. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A January 13, 2011 369:6-19; (Theme Issue ‘Four degrees and beyond: the potential for a global temperature increase of four degrees and its implications’ compiled and edited by Mark G. New, Diana M. Liverman, Richard A. Betts, Kevin L. Anderson and Chris C. West. January 13, 2011; 369.

Lovell, H., & Liverman, D. 2010. Understanding Carbon Offset Technologies. New Political Economy, 15(2), 255-273.

Bottrill, C, D Liverman, and M Boykoff. 2010. Carbon soundings: greenhouse gas emissions of the UK music industry. Environmental Research Letters 5:014019. https://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/5/1/014019

Liverman D. 2009. The geopolitics of climate change: avoiding determinism, fostering sustainable development. Climatic Change. 96(1-2): 7-11.

Lovell H., Bulkeley H. and Liverman D. M. 2009. Carbon offsetting: Sustaining Consumption? Environment and Planning A 41(10): 2357-2379

Liverman, D., Ericksen P and Ingram J. 2009. Governing Food Systems in the Context of Global Environmental Change. pp 59-64. IHDP Update Issue 3, Nov 2009.

Johan Rockström, Will Steffen, Kevin Noone, Åsa Persson, F. Stuart Chapin, Eric F. Lambin, Timothy M. Lenton, Marten Scheffer, Carl Folke, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Björn Nykvist, Cynthia A. de Wit, Terry Hughes, Sander van der Leeuw, Henning Rodhe, Sverker Sörlin, Peter K. Snyder, Robert Costanza, Uno Svedin, Malin Falkenmark, Louise Karlberg. Robert W. Corell. Victoria J. Fabry, James Hansen, Brian Walker, Diana Liverman, Katherine Richardson, Paul Crutzen & Jonathan A. Foley. 2009. A safe operating space for humanity. Nature 461, 472-475 (24 September 2009)

Liverman D.M. 2009. Conventions of Climate Change: Constructions of Danger and the Dispossession of the Atmosphere. Journal of Historical Geography. 35(2): 279-296 Doi: 10.1016/j.jhg.2008.08.008

Bumpus A. and Liverman D.M. 2008. Accumulation by decarbonisation: the governance of carbon offsets. Economic Geography 84(2) 127-156.

Liverman, D.M. and Roman Cuesta R.M. 2008. Human interactions with the Earth system: People and pixels revisited. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 33, 1458–1471

National Research Council. 2011. America’s Climate Choices. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/12781 (Member of Committee)

National Research Council. 1999. Making Climate Forecasts Matter. Panel on the Human Dimensions of Seasonal-to-Interannual Climate Variability; Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change, National Research Council, National Academy Press: Washington, DC. 192 pp (Chair of Committee)

National Research Council. 1998. People and Pixels: Linking Remote Sensing and Social Science. Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change. National Academy Press: Washington, DC. 244pp (Chair of Committee and Lead Author)