School of Earth and Environment

Prof James Ford

Priestley Chair in Climate Adaptation (Based in Geography)

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Room: 10.109

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am a Chair in Climate Change Adaptation at the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds. My research takes place at the interface between climate and society, and I am particularly interested in climate change vulnerability and adaptation. I lead a diversity of initiatives in this area, including projects focusing on Indigenous peoples and climate change (with a major focus on the Arctic), and examining ways to create ‘usable’ science. Resource management, natural hazards, and health, are overarching topics within these themes. I am also developing novel approaches to tracking climate change adaptation at global and regional levels (including using big data), developing systematic review approaches in an environmental change context, and I am involved in adaptation monitoring and evaluation debates. I am editor-in-chief at the journal Regional Environmental Change, have been a lead author on national and international climate assessments including the IPCCs SR on 1.5C of warming, and have published >160 peer reviewed articles including in Nature Climate Change, PNAS, Global Environmental Change, and Canadian Medical Association Journal. Go to for more information.


PhD Geography (2006). University of Guelph, Canada.

MSc Environmental Change and Management (2001). Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

BA Geography (2000). University of Oxford.

Research Interests

Climate change vulnerability and adaptation

Indigenous peoples, particularly in Arctic regions

Adaptation tracking

Knowledge assessment