Geography Knows No Boundaries

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  • Robin Leichenko
  • Professor
  • (Ph.D., Penn State)
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-265
  • Phone: (848) 445-4056
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  • Research Interests: economic geography, climate & society, urban & regional vulnerability and resilience, equity & environmental justice, globalization
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

Curriculum Vitae

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Google Scholar Profile

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, Climate and Society: Transforming the Future (with Karen O'Brien, Polity Press, 2019), explores social causes, consequences, and responses to climate change, and identifies openings and opportunities to create a more equitable and sustainable future. My last 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 American Association of Geographers. Current and recent projects investigate 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, housing markets, and urban spatial development. These projects are largely focused on urbanized coastal zones in New Jersey and New York, and I also have research interests in rural regions of the United States, South Asia, and southern Africa. I served as Review Editor for Working Group II of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, and I serve on the editorial boards of Economic GeographyGrowth and Change, Journal of Extreme Events, and Anthropocene.


    • David Eisenhauer, Ph.D. (current)
    • Khai Hoan Nguyen, Ph.D. (current)
    • Ana M. Mahecha Groot, Ph.D. (current)
    • Mike Brady, Ph.D. (2017)
    • 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.

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.

Leichenko, R. 2011. Climate Change and Urban Resilience. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 3: 164–168.

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.

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.

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.

Leichenko, R., Y. Klein, M. Panero, D. Major, and P. Vancura. 2011. Equity and Economics. Annals of the New York Academy of SciencesResponding to Climate Change in New York State: The ClimAID Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Final Report 1244: 62–78.

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 SciencesResponding to Climate Change in New York State: The ClimAID Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Final Report 1244: Annex III, 1–145.

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.

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.

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