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 member of the Resilience Alliance, a global network of leading scientists and social scientists working on theory and practice of resilience of social-ecological systems for sustainability.

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. He is presently a Commissioner for the UCL/LancetClimate Health Commission, due to be published in 2015.

Neil is on the Board of Directors of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Econoics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He is on the Editorial Board of  Global Environmental Change, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 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:

Commissioner, UCL/Lancet Climate Health Commission

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

Convening Lead Author 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 from 2005.

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

Winner of Philip Leverhulme Prize, 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


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