My research intersects the fields of economic geography and human dimensions of global environmental change. My work examines how and why processes of global economic and environmental change differentially affect cities, regions and sectors, and the implications of these processes for questions of vulnerability, equity and sustainability. My book, Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures (with Karen O'Brien, Oxford University Press, 2008), was awarded the 2009 Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography from the Association of American Geographers. The book presents a generalizable approach for analysis of many types of interactions between global environmental change and globalization. Current funded projects explore three inter-related issues: economic vulnerability and resilience to climate change; economic and social equity implications of climate change impacts and adaptation; and the interplay between global change processes and urban spatial development. These projects are focused on coastal zones in New Jersey, New York, and the Caribbean, and I also have research interests in South Asia, China, southern Africa, and the Arctic. I am serving as a Review Editor for Working Group II of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, and I recently completed service on an NRC Panel on Climate Change and Social and Political Stresses. I am Associate Editor for Urban Climate and serve on the editorial boards of Economic Geography, Growth and Change, and Journal of Extreme Events.
Mike Brady, Ph.D. (current)
David Eisenhauer, Ph.D. (current)
Ana M. Mahecha Groot, Ph.D. (current)
Katy Ryan, Ph.D. (current)
Peter Vancura, Ph.D. (current)
Mark Barnes, Ph.D. (2014)
Adelle Thomas, Ph.D. 2013
Ekaterina Bezborodko, M.A. 2013
Samuel Ledermann, Ph.D. 2012
Michael Mohammed, M.Phil, 2010
Verdie Craig, Ph.D., 2005.
Julie Silva, Ph.D., 2005
Leichenko, R. and J.A. Silva. 2014. Climate Change and Poverty: Vulnerability, Impacts and Alleviation Strategies. WIRES Climate Change 5: 539-556.
Leichenko, R., M. McDermott, E. Bezborodko, M. Brady, E. Namendorf. 2014. Economic Vulnerability to Climate Change in Coastal New Jersey: A Stakeholder-Based Assessment. Journal of Extreme Events. DOI: 10.1142/S2345737614500031
Leichenko, R. and W. Solecki. 2013. Climate Change in Suburbs: An Exploration of Key Impacts and Vulnerabilities. Urban Climate 6: 82-97.
Stern, P., K. Ebi, R. Leichenko, R. Olson, J. Steinbruner, and R. Lempert. 2013.
Leichenko, R. and A. Thomas. 2012. Coastal Cities and Regions in a Changing Climate: Economic Impacts, Risks and Vulnerabilities. Geography Compass 6/6: 327–339. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-8198.2012.00495.x
Johnson, K., R. Leichenko, D. Major. 2012. Assessing Climate Change Costs and Benefits for Regional Ecosystems (June 8, 2012). Review of Environment, Energy Economics (Re3). Online journal. http://dx.doi.org/10.7711/feemre3.2012.06.001
Leichenko, R. 2011. Climate Change and Urban Resilience. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 3: 164–168. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2010.12.014
Rosenzweig, C., W. Solecki, R. Blake, M. Bowman, C. Faris, V. Gornitz,R. Horton, K. Jacob, A. LeBlanc, R. Leichenko, M. Linkin, D. Major, M. O’Grady, L. Patrick, E. Sussman, G. Yohe, R. Zimmerman.Developing Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change in the New York City Infrastructure-shed: Process, Approach, Tools, and Strategies Climatic Change 106: 93–127. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-010-0002-8
Solecki, W, R. Leichenko, and K. O’Brien. 2011. Climate Change Adaptation Strategies and Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities: Connections, Contentions, and Synergies. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 3: 135–141. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2011.03.001
Thomas, A. and R. Leichenko. 2011. Adaptation through Insurance: Lessons from the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 3(3): 250–263. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17568691111153401
Leichenko, R., Y. Klein, M. Panero, D. Major, and P. Vancura. 2011. Equity and Economics. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Responding to Climate Change in New York State: The ClimAID Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Final Report 1244: 62–78. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2011.06331.x
Leichenko, R., D. Major, K. Johnson, K., M. O’Grady, L. Patrick. 2011. An Economic Analysis of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations in New York State. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Responding to Climate Change in New York State: The ClimAID Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Final Report 1244: Annex III, 1–145. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2011.06331.x
Leichenko, R., K. O’Brien, and W. Solecki. 2010. Climate Change and the Global Financial Crisis: A Case of Double Exposure. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(4): 963–972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00045608.2010.497340
Yohe, G. and R. Leichenko. 2010. Adopting a Risk Based Approach. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, New York City Panel on Climate Change 2010 Report 1196: 29–40. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.05310.x
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