Adam French is an interdisciplinary scientist working at the nexus of global change and environmental governance. Adam's work focuses on how the uneven and interacting effects of climate change and economic globalization impact resource access and risk in diverse socio-environmental systems.
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 empirical 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 detailed empiricism and collaborative initiatives that characterize Adam's work. His interests have expanded from an early focus on conservation strategies and protected areas to studies of global change impacts on mountain environments and livelihoods to his current focus on systemic risks and integrated resource governance in multi-level systems.
Students and potential collaborators interested in working with Adam on topics related to the intersections of global change, environmental governance, social justice, and sustainability are encouraged to get in touch via email.