Based in Tucson, Diana currently holds a joint appointment as Co-Director of the Institute of the Environment and Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona.
She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute and Visiting Professor of Environmental Policy and Development at the University of Oxford. Her career has focused on understanding the human dimensions of global environmental change, especially the impacts of climate change and climate policy.
She is the author and editor of seven books and dozens of journal articles and reports, including sections of the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and several key reports for the US National Academy of Sciences on climate issues. She has been an active member of national and international advisory committees on global change including the US NAS Committee on America’s Climate Choices and Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, the Inter American Institute for Global Change Research, and the ICSU Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) and Earth Systems Governance programs. She contributed to the recent US National Climate Assessment and chaired the Transition committee for Future Earth, an international scientific effort launched at Rio+20. She is a member of editorial boards for Nature Climate Change and Global Environmental Change. She holds degrees from University College London (BA), the University of Toronto (MSc) and UCLA (PhD).
She was awarded the Founders Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the Association of American Geographers Distinguished Service Honors and Presidential Achievement Award for her contributions and leadership in understanding the human dimensions of global change. Her recent publications include work on the political ecology of climate change, the impact of climate on the economy, poverty and climate change in the western US, and adaptation to climate change.