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Robin Leichenko
Associate Professor
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.


Mark Barnes, Ph.D. (current)

Mike Brady, Ph.D. (current)

Peter Vancura, Ph.D. (current)

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 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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Graduate Student Diya Paul

My research focuses on wildlife conservation in forests that lie outside Protected Areas. Working in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh (India), I plan to explore the social, ecological and political factors that converge to conserve wildlife in forests that have historically played a role in connecting two distinct biogeographic regions, the Eastern and Western Ghats. My study area is a part of the Eastern Ghats and comprises of scrub and dry deciduous forests rich in both flora and fauna. There are approximately 1300 species of plants with many endemics, over 50 species of mammals and over 1000 bird species.

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        • Professor Kevin St. Martin awarded two NSF grants.
        • Professor Asher Ghertner formally reappointed in SAS, and also wins a 2014 SAS Teaching Award.
        • Grad student Joshua Randall wins MS student paper award.
        • Grad student Hudson McFann awarded a fellowhsip.
        • Professor Robin Leichenko promoted to Full Professor.
        • Professor David Robinson wins Presidential Service Award.
        • Professor Richard Schroeder wins Doctoral Teaching Award.

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