About the Authors

Robin Leichenko and Karen O’Brien are internationally-recognized thought leaders on climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation.


Robin Leichenko

Robin is Professor and Chair in the Department Geography at Rutgers University. Robin’s research explores economic vulnerability to climate change, equity implications of climate adaptation, and the interplay between climate extremes and urban spatial development. She is the co-Founder and co-Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute, an interdisciplinary center for climate change research, education, and outreach.


Karen O’Brien

Karen is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway. Karen’s work focuses on human responses to environmental change, with an emphasis on the relationships between personal, cultural, and systems transformations. She is the co-founder of cCHANGE, an organization that is a beacon for individuals and organizations seeking new perspectives, inspiration, knowledge, and tools on sustainability transformations.

Robin and Karen have been collaborating on climate change research and writing for more than 20 years. Their first book, Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures (2008, Oxford University Press), won the Meridian Award for outstanding scholarly contribution from the American Association of Geographers.