Adam French is an interdisciplinary scientist, writer, and teacher focusing on human-environment dynamics and socio-environmental problems related to global change. Adam earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and currently is the inaugural Peter de Jánosi Postdoctoral Scholar in the Risk and Resilience and Advanced Systems Analysis programs at the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. He is a Research Associate of the Peruvian Center for Social Studies (CEPES).
Drawn to the landscapes and cultures of the Andes and to the challenge of working in Spanish, Adam's research has focused primarily on Latin America, with much of it centered in watersheds connecting Peru’s glaciated mountains to the arid Pacific coast. Sustained fieldwork and public engagement have been crucial to the empirical and collaborative approach that characterizes Adam's work. His interests have expanded from an early focus on conservation and ecotourism to studies of broader global change impacts on mountain environments and livelihoods to his current focus on systemic risks and integrated resource governance in multi-level socio-natural systems.
Students and colleagues interested in collaborating on topics related to the intersections of global change, environmental governance, social justice, and sustainability are encouraged to get in touch via email.