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 am the Director of the School of Geography, Development, and Environment and hold a faculty appointment as a Regents professor. I study the human dimensions of global environmental change, especially the social causes and consequences of climate change and especially the fate of the disadvantaged and disempowered in a changing climate using political ecology and environmental governance as approaches to understanding. 

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 honored 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. 

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.

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