Dr. Lisa Allyn Dale

Pronouns: She / her

Co-Director, M.A. in Climate and Society, Columbia Climate School

Lecturer, Climate, Earth and Society,

Columbia Climate School

Affiliated with: Undergraduate Special Concentration and Major in Sustainable Development

Hogan Hall
2910 Broadway
New York, NY 10025


Lisa Dale is the Co-Director of the MA in Climate and Society program at the Columbia Climate School. Trained as a political scientist, her courses include: Environmental Policy & Governance; Challenges of Sustainable Development; Public Lands in the American West; Climate Change Adaptation; and Qualitative Research Methods. Her research on environmental policy focuses on climate change adaptation in two distinct landscapes: rural agricultural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and federally managed public lands across the American West. She has a background in both academia and politics in Colorado, including five years as a policy advisor with the Department of Natural Resources for the State of Colorado. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy from Colorado State University in 2003. Before coming to Columbia in 2017, Professor Dale served as the Associate Director for the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. Additional current appointments include Faculty Affiliate for Columbia’s Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, Honorary Lecturer at the University of Rwanda (UR), and Senior Research Fellow at UR’s Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management.


Dale, Lisa and Kimiko Barrett. Missing the Mark: Effectiveness and Funding in Community Wildfire Risk Reduction. 2023. Headwaters Economics: Bozeman, MT.

Dale, Lisa. Resettlement and Climate Change Adaptation in Rwanda: The Case of Rweru Model Green Village. 2023. Researching Internal Displacement Working Paper #35.

Dale, Lisa and Jola Ajibade. 2023. Climate Resettlement and Livelihood Transformation in Rwanda: The Case of Rweru Model Green Village. Climate and Development. Forthcoming.

Dale, Lisa. 2022. Climate Change Adaptation. Earth Institute Primer Series, Columbia University Press: New York, NY.

Agricultural Insurance and Climate Change Adaptation in Rwanda: Evidence from the Eastern Province. 2021. Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management, University of Rwanda.

Cheng, Antony C. and Lisa Dale. 2020. Achieving Adaptive Governance of Forest Wildfire Risk Using Competitive Grants: Insights from the Colorado Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program. Review of Policy Research. DOI 10.1111/ropr.12379

Dale, Lisa. 2019. Foiling the Resource Curse in Mozambique. Centerpiece article, Environmental Forum: Environmental Law Institute, May / June 2019: 34-39.

Dale, Lisa. 2015. Introduction to Environmental Policy, 2nd Edition. Bridgepoint Education, Inc: San Jose, CA.