Diana Liverman is the co-director of the Institute of the Environment at The University of Arizona and a Regents Professor in the School of Geography and Development. She is also affiliated with Oxford University as a visiting professor of Environmental Policy and Development and senior research fellow in the Environmental Change Institute.
Her research focuses on the human and social dimensions of environmental issues including vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, environmental change and food security, climate policy and governance, climate and the arts, and environment and development. She is known for her work on the climate vulnerability and on environmental issues in Latin America, especially Mexico. Her recent publications include edited books on environment and food security and on climate change, articles on the governance of adaptation, carbon offsets, earth system governance, and planetary boundaries, and an award winning textbook on world regions.
She was recently awarded the Founders Gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society and distinguished scholarship honors from the Association of American Geographers for her pioneering work on the human dimensions of global environmental change. She has been an active member of national and international advisory committees on global environmental change including the US National Academy committees on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change and Informing America’s Climate Choices and international committees for the Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) program, the Inter American Institute for Global Change, and the Earth Systems Governance project.
She is currently co-chairing the transition team for ICSU and an alliance of international organizations to create a new integrated, interdisciplinary and international research program called 'Future Earth'.