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Professor, Department of Geography
Co-Director, Rutgers Climate Institute Rutgers
The State University of New Jersey
54 Joyce Kilmer Ave.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Committee term end date: December 31, 2023
Robin Leichenko is Professor of Geography at Rutgers University and co-Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute. Her current research explores the economic and equity impacts of climate change with a focus on the Northeastern United States. Dr. Leichenko serves as co-chair of the fourth New York City Panel on Climate Change, an independent 20-member advisory body that synthesizes scientific information and advises city policymakers on local resiliency and adaptation strategies. Dr. Leichenko previously served as a review editor for Working Group II of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Additionally, she served on the U.S. National Academies panel on Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Social and Political Stresses. Leichenko has authored or co-authored three books and more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Her book, Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures (2008, Oxford University Press, with Karen O’Brien), won the Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution from the American Association of Geographers. Her latest book, Climate and Society: Transforming the Future (with Karen O’Brien) was published by Polity Press in 2019.