Latest News: IPCC 1.5C report released.  I am a lead author for Chapter 5 and for the Summary for Policy Makers


Lots of media coverage:







News:  Paper out in PNAS week of August 6th 2018 (pdf link)

Supplementary materials for the paper (pdf link)





July 2018 on Geography and Development Goals in Dialogues in Human Geography with commentaries (link to pdf)

SGD paper






Paper on Women in Climate Science (Feb 2018): Link to pdf

Women in climate science




I am an academic and writer focusing on environmental issues, especially climate change.  I live in Tucson, Arizona and work at the University of Arizona where I hold a faculty appointment as a Regents professor in the School of Geography and Development. I study the human dimensions and political ecology of global environmental change, especially the social causes and consequences of climate change.  My overarching concern is the fate of the disadvantaged and disempowered in a changing climate – the poor, women, children, and other species.

Over my career I have taught geography and helped to build interdisciplinary environmental programs at Oxford University in the UK, Penn State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I directed 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’ve led a number of national and international projects and committees including the transition committee for Future Earth (ICSU, UNEP, WMO, UNESCO), 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 current Special Report on 1.5C. 

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 60 graduate students.

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