I am a teacher and writer focusing on environmental issues, especially climate change.  I live in Tucson, Arizona and work at the University of Arizona in the School of Geography, Development, and Environment as a Regents professor. My pronouns are she/hers.  I study the human dimensions of global environmental change and climate justice, especially the social causes and consequences of climate change. 

One of the popular DNA tests tells me I am of English, Irish and Eastern European Jewish ancestry. I was born in Accra, Ghana on the eve of independence, and grew up in a small town midway between London and Brighton England.  I moved to North America for graduate work and have lived in a variety of landscapes, settling in Tucson in 1996. 

In consultation with Native American scholars the University of Arizona adopted an acknowledgment that states "We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O'odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service."

Over my career I have taught geography and environmental studies. I helped to build interdisciplinary environmental programs at the University of Arizona, Oxford University in the UK, Penn State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison including directing the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. I was a PhD student and postdoc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Colorado (working with Steve Schneider) and received my degrees from UCLA (PhD Geography), University of Toronto (MA Geography) and University College London (BA Geography). 

I have been fortunate to lead and serve with a number of national and international projects and committees including the Earth Commission of Future Earth, the US-NRC Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, the US-NRC panel on Informing America’s Climate Choices, the scientific advisory committee for the InterAmerican Institute (IAI) and the ICSU Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) project. I have been an IPCC lead author for several assessments including the recent Special Report on 1.5C

In 2020 I was honored to be elected to the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  I am grateful to the teachers, mentors, friends and dogs who have supported me in work and life. 

This web site provides links to my writings – books, articles, media – as well as information on my research interests and projects, my teaching and student advising, and the organizations I advise or support. I have supervised more than 70 graduate students who have mentored and inspire me. I am not accepting new students to supervise in Fall 21 or later as I will be on research leave and then moving on to retirement (from teaching and admin, more time for research!)

The best way to contact me is by email at liverman@u.arizona.edu although like many of you I sometimes get overwhelmed by my email and get behind in my responses

Latest news and publications can be found here