This network grows out of the conviction that there is a fundamental need for climate related research to be conducted in partnership with, and with the guidance of, the communities most affected by climate change. Knowledge-based solutions in climate related research require co-production: deep collaboration between those with the scientific, social, and policy expertise and resources and the communities that have a “lived experience” within the environment and understand its intricacies and challenges, as well as the priorities of their members. While researchers often cite benefits to local communities in their grant proposals and are eager to develop knowledge-sharing and other outreach activities, even those with the best intentions are often implemented as an afterthought, well after the research plan is already in place.


Network Head(s)

Name Title Email
Fox, Aaron Associate Professor of Music, Director of Center for Ethnomusicology aaf19@columbia.edu
Witte, Carson Graduate Student cwitte@ldeo.columbia.edu
Ropati, Charitie Student cr3109@columbia.edu
Zappa, Christopher Lamont Research Professor zappa@ldeo.columbia.edu
Perera, Dilshanie ACLS Teaching Fellow dp2506@columbia.edu
Assali, Hadeel Postdoctoral Research Scholar ha2355@columbia.edu
Smerdon, Jason Professor of Climate jsmerdon@ldeo.columbia.edu
Sulik, Jozef Senior Project Manager, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience js5055@columbia.edu
Douglass, Kristina Associate Professor of Climate kmd2242@columbia.edu
Gibson, Lydia Postdoctoral Research Scholar lng2127@columbia.edu
Whitman, Madi Postdoctoral Research Scholar mw3492@columbia.edu
Miller, Melinda Senior Director, Institute Programs and Outreach, Zuckerman Institute mmm2370@columbia.edu
Petriello, Michael Postdoctoral Research Scholar map2354@Columbia.edu
Witgen, Michael Professor of History mw3528@columbia.edu
West, Paige Professor, Anthropology cw2031@columbia.edu
Stephens, Rhiannon Professor r.stephens@columbia.edu
Bell, Robin Lecturer in Earth and Sciences robinb@ldeo.columbia.edu
DeFries, Ruth Chief Academic Officer; Co-Founding Dean Emerita rd2402@columbia.edu

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