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Marc A. Levy


Marc Levy is deputy director of CIESIN. He is a political scientist specializing in the human dimensions of global environmental change. His primary research areas are environmental security, sustainability metrics, global environmental governance and coupled human-natural system dynamics. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and two co-edited books. His research has been supported by a number of agencies, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, National Institutes for Health, National Intelligence Council, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, UN Environment Programme, UN Development Programme, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. He has served as lead project scientist of the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center since 1998.

He is frequently called on for advisory and assessment processes. He has served on four committees of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and was a Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change Fifth Assessment, Working Group II chapter on human security. He was a Coordinating Lead Author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment’s chapter on human well-being, the UN Environment Programs Third Global Environmental Outlook chapter on policy responses and the Fourth Global Environmental Outlook chapter on drivers. He has served on the Political Instability Task Force since 1996.

He is chair of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Measuring Sustainability. He has co-led, with Daniel Esty, production of the Environmental Sustainability Index and Environmental Performance Index, which have been released regularly at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland since 1999. He also serves on the high-level advisory board on Sustainability and Competitiveness of the WEF.

Levy is an adjunct professor in Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he teaches graduate courses on environment-security linkages. He also co-directs a program on Environment, Peace and Security and Columbia School of Continuing Education.

Selected Publications

(Full publication list HERE)

Neil Adger, Juan Pulhin, Jon Barnett, Geoff Dabelko, Grete K. Hovelsrud, Marc A. Levy,  Úrsula Oswald-Spring, Coleen Vogel, "Human Security," Chapter 12 in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II, 2014.

Bas van Ruijven, Marc Levy; Arun Agrawal; Frank Biermann; Joern Birkmann; Timothy R. Carter; Kristie L Ebi; Matthias Garschagen; Bryan Jones; Roger Jones; Eric Kemp-Benedict; Marcel Kok; Kasper Kok; Maria Carmen Lemos; Paul L Lucas; Ben Orlove; Shonali Pachauri; Tom Parris; Anand Patwardhan; Arthur Petersen; Benjamin L. Preston; Jesse Ribot; Dale S Rothman; Vanessa J Schweizer, "Enhancing the relevance of new scenarios for climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability research," Climatic Change (2014) 122:481–494 DOI 10.1007/s10584-013-0931-0.

T. Mitchell Aide, Matthew L. Clark, H. Ricardo Grau, David López-Carr, Marc A. Levy, Daniel Redo, Martha Bonilla-Moheno, George Riner, María J. Andrade-Núñez and María Muñiz, “Deforestation and Reforestation of Latin America and the Caribbean (2001–2010)” Biotropica (2012).

Marc A. Levy et al., “Drivers of Global Environmental Change,” chapter 1 in Global Environmental Outlook 5, UN Environment Program, 2012. Jason Jabbour, Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, Carol Hunsberger, Roberto Sánchez-Rodríguez, Peter Gilruth, Neeyati Patel, Ashbindu Singh, Marc A. Levy, Stefan Schwarzer, “Internationally agreed environmental goals: A critical evaluation of progressEnvironmental Development 3 (July 2012) 5-24.

Jones, Kate, Nikki Patel, Marc A. Levy, John Gittelman, Deborah Balk, Adam Storeygard and Peter Daszak, “Global Trends in Emerging Infectious Diseases,” Nature  451 21 February 2008, 990-994.

Marc A. Levy, Suresh Babu, and Kirk Hamilton, “Ecosystem Conditions and Human Well Being,” Chapter 5 in Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Current State and Trend, Island Press, 2005.

Marc A. Levy, Oran Young and Michael Zürn, "The Study of International Regimes," European Journal of International Relations 1,3 (Fall 1995), 267-330.

Robert O. Keohane and Marc A. Levy, eds., Institutions for Environmental Aid: Pitfalls and Promises, (MIT Press, 1996).

Peter M. Haas, Robert O. Keohane and Marc A. Levy, eds., Institutions for the Earth: Sources of Effective International Environmental Protection (MIT Press, 1993).

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