Dr. Robin Leichenko is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at Rutgers University. She is also the Co-Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute. Dr. Leichenko works at the intersection of economic geography and the social dimensions of climate change. Her recent projects explore economic and social vulnerability to climate change in coastal cities and regions and the equity implications of climate change adaptation and resilience efforts. Leichenko has authored three books and authored or co-authored more than 70 refereed journal articles and book chapters. Her co-authored book with Karen O’Brien, Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures received the 2008 Meridian Book Award. Her latest book, Climate and Society: Transforming the Future, also co-authored with Karen O’Brien, shows that climate change is both a critical challenge for society and also an opening for transformation to a more sustainable and thriving world.