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Meaghan E. Daly

University of Colorado Boulder

Based in

United States
North America

Meaghan is an environmental social scientist whose research examines human dimensions of climate change, including: the science-policy interface and collaborative knowledge production for climate adaptation and mitigation; adaptive capacities and the dynamics of vulnerability to climate change within socio-ecological systems; and media coverage and science communication about climate change

She is a member of the Media and Climate Change Observatory, which monitors and analyzes trends in global coverage and communication about climate change in the media. She has carried out research in East and Southern Africa, South Asia, Europe, and the U.S.

Meaghan has held positions at: the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine; the University of Leeds, UK; and the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) in Oslo, Norway. Meaghan has a B.A. in Environmental Science from Colorado College, an M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Tanzania

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Communications research Climate Justice Indigenous studies

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McAllister, L., Daly, M., Chandler, P., McNatt, M., Benham, A., & Boykoff, M. “Balance as bias, resolute on the retreat? Updates & analyses of newspaper coverage in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Canada over the past 15 years.” Environmental Research Letters, 16(9), 2021.


Pearman, O., Boykoff, M., Osborne-Gowey, J. [et al. including Daly, M.] “COVID-19 media coverage decreasing despite deepening crisis.” The Lancet Planetary Health, 5(1), 2021, pp. e6-e7.


Gerlak, A. K., Mason, S. J., Daly, M., Liverman, D., Guido, Z., Soares, M. B., Vaughan, C., Knudson, C., Green, C., Buizer, J., & Jacobs, K. 2020. “The Gnat and the Bull: Do Climate Outlook Forums Make a Difference?” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(6), 2020, pp. E771-E784.


Daly, M. & Dilling, L. “The Politics of ‘Usable’ Knowledge: Examining the Development of Climate Services in Tanzania.” Climatic Change, 2019, doi: 10.1007/s10584-019-02510-w


Dilling, L., Prakash, A., Zommers, Z., Ahmad, F., Singh, N., de Wit, S., Nalau, J., Daly, M., & Bowman, K. “Is Adaptation Success a Flawed Concept?” Nature Climate Change, 9, 2019, pp. 572-574. doi: 10.1038/s41558-019-0539-0.

Donkor, F., Howarth, C. Ebhuoma, Daly, M., Vaughan, C., Pretorius, L., Mambo, J., MacLeod, D., Kythreotis, A., Jones, L., Grainger, S., Golding, N. & Araujo Anderson, J. “Climate Services and Communication for Development: The Role of Early Career Researchers in Advancing the Debate.” Environmental Communication. 2019. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2019.1596145

Dilling, L., Daly, M., Kenney, D., Klein, R., Miller, K., Ray, A., Travis, W., Wilhelmi, O. “Drought in Urban Water Systems: Learning Lessons for Climate Adaptive Capacity.” Climate Risk Management, 2019, pp. 10, doi: 10.1016/jcrm.2018.11.001

Vincent, K., Daly, M., Scannell, C., & Leathes, B. “What Can Climate Services Learn from Theory and Practice of Co-production?” Climate Services, 2018, doi: 10.1016/j.cliser.2018.11.00.1

Daly, M. and S. Dessai. “Examining the Goals of the Regional Climate Outlook Forums: What Role for User Engagement?” Weather, Climate, and Society. 10, 2018, pp. 693-708, doi: 10.1175/wcas-d-18-0015.

Goldman, M.J., Turner, M., and Daly, M. “Advancing a Critical Political Ecology of Climate Adaptation: Epistemology, Ontology, and Ethics.” WIREs Climate Change, 2018, doi:10.1002/wcc.526.

Bruno Soares, M., Daly, M., and S. Dessai. “Assessing the Value of Seasonal Climate Forecasts for Decision-making.” WIREs Climate Change, 2018, doi:10.1002/wcc.523.

Dilling, L., Daly, M., Travis, R., Wilhelmi, O., and Klein, R. “The Dynamics of Vulnerability: Why Adapting to Climate Variability Will Not Always Prepare Us for Climate Change.” WIREs Climate Change, 2015, doi: 10.1002/wcc.341.

Goldman, M.J, Daly, M., and Lovell, E. “Exploring Multiple Ontologies of Drought in Agro-pastoral Regions of Northern Tanzania: A Topological Approach.” Area, 2015, doi: 10.1111/area.12212