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Robin Leichenko
Department of Geography
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Curriculum Vita
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Research Interests:

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. (2015)

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


    • Climate and Society (Geography 370)
    • Economic Geography (Geography 309)
    • Research Methods (Geography 330)
    • Advanced Topics in Economic Geography (Geography 406)
    • History and Theory (Geography 470)
    • Graduate Seminar: Cities and Environment (Geography 606)
    • Graduate Seminar: Geographies of Globalization (Geography 609)
      course syllabi
Selected Publications:

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.
Managing Risk with Climate Vulnerability Science. Nature Climate Change 3: 607~V609.

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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Coming Face to Face With War


To better understand the impact on everyday life in villages affected by the occupation along the South Ossetian Administrative Boundary Line, Ariel Otruba wanted to experience it. So Otruba spent the past summer in Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi, to learn the language and get to know the people. She felt that a personal involvement would help her produce a more effective dissertation.


Feature article in Rutgers Today

Geography Knows No Boundaries


Geography majors receive a liberal arts education that is an appropriate base for further specialized training in academic disciplines which address environmental and international issues or in related professional fields such as planning and public policy, law, and environmental management. Students are also offered courses in which they learn specific technical skills in spatial data analysis, cartographic design, remote sensing, and geographic information systems that are suitable for direct entry employment positions. The Geography Graduate Program encourages work on a wide range of research specialties and fosters strong interdisciplinary ties. The program offers the following degree options: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).



  • Professor Heidi Hausermann awarded a 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholar Grant.
  • Graduate student Jenny Isaccs wins 2015 Department of Geography Teaching Award.
  • Professors Robin Leichenko & Asher Ghertner each win an International Collaborative Research Grant.
  • Graduate student Divya Karnad wins 2015 Research Awards.
  • Professor Bob Lake wins two Teaching Awards.
  • Graduate student Kim Thomas awarded a Post-doctoral Teaching Fellowship.

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