Professor James Ford

Professor James Ford


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 >180 peer reviewed articles including in Nature Climate Change, PNAS, Global Environmental Change, and CMAJ. Go to for more information.

Research projects

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  • PhD, Geography
  • MSc, Environmnental Change
  • BA, Geography

Student education

I am module leader for SOEE5281: Introduction to Sustainability

I will teach on SOEE5550M: Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation

I will teach on GEOG1055: Environmental Change: Past and Future

Current postgraduate research students

Postgraduate research opportunities

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