Professor Neil Adger
Professor of Human Geography


Neil Adger is Professor of Human Geography.

He teaches, supervises graduate students, and researches in the areas of environmental geography, ecological and institutional economics, and global environmental change. 

Neil is a ISI Highly Cited Researcher in the Social Sciences in 2015, 2016 and 2017, one of the few geographers whose work is widely cited across the disciplines. 

Neil led the chapter on Human Security and was a member of the core writing team for the Summary for Policy Makers for the Integovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report Working Group 2 published in final form in 2014.

He previously served as a Convening Lead Author for the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change and in the Third Assessment Report in 2001. He also served as a Lead Author in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and continues to work extensively on ecosystem services and well-being.

In 2015 Neil acted as a Commissioner and author of the Lancet Commission Climate Health Commission, publishing ''Climate Change and Health 2015: Policy Responses to Protect Public Health' [free to dowload] arguing for urgent action on climate change to maintain and enhance well-being.

Neil is on the Board of Directors of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and serves on the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Basque Centre for Climate Change in Bilbao. He is on the Editorial Board of  Global Environmental Change, having served as Editor from 2004-2013, Ambio and Ecology and Society.

Neil is Theme Leader for Environment and Sustainability in the Humanities and Social Science Strategy for the University.

His research has been supported by ESRC, NERC, EPSRC, National Institute for Health Research, UK Department for International Development, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs, the Leverhulme Trust, the MacArthur Foundation and the EU.

Research specialisms:

  • Global environmental change;
  • vulnerability and adaptation to climate change;
  • political economy of the environment;
  • institutional and ecological economics;
  • demography and migration;
  • social and ecological resilience;
  • natural hazards

External recognition and awards:

Chair, European Research Council Panel SH2, 2016.

Member, Policy Advisory Group, Royal Geographical Society with IBG, since 2015.

Distinguished Visiting Scientist, CSIRO, Australia, 2015.

ISI Highly Cited Researchers, in 2015, 2016 and 2017 recognised as the leading 1% in the disciplinary field of social science.

Commissioner, Lancet Climate and Health Commission 2015

Geography and Archaeology (UoA 17) REF 2014 Panel, 2014.

Convening Lead Author on human security and member of Core Writing Team for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group 2, 2014.

Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize, Runner up prize, 2013.

Distinguished Ecologist, Graduate Program in Ecology, Colorado State University, 2011.

Fifth International Lecture in Development Geography, Institute of Geographical Sciences, University of Bonn, 2009.

Dean’s Fellowship, Graduate School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne, 2008.

Resilience Alliance, invited Member 2005-2014.

Carol and Gene Willeke ‘Frontiers in Environmental Science’ Distinguished Lectureship, Miami University, 2007.

Winner, Philip Leverhulme Proze, 2001, Leverhulme Trust.


MA Economics, University of Edinburgh   
MSc  Agricultural Economics, Wye College, University of London       
PhD, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia


Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 722649
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
Office hours

Please consult my Office notice board at Amory 357A, or drop me an email for appointment.

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