Focus Areas


Disaster Policy Reform

U.S. disaster policy needs an overhaul. On-going research to explore how disaster funding is spent, whether allocations are fair or effective (limited evidence says no), and how the system could be improved.

Managed Retreat

Millions of people will move as a result of climate change: what policies, incentives, or other initiatives can help this movement be equitable and help communities thrive? Also see a book project and & special issue in JESS.

Just Adaptation

What does just or equitable adaptation look like? What is a just transition for adaptation? Using theory and empirical choice data to understand how people make adaptation decisions and think about equity in their decisions.

Climate Heritage

What role does heritage and heritage management play in shaping climate adaptation? Interested in the role of art, fiction (see Climate Fiction course) and memorials in communicating science and creating visions of the future.

Current Projects

Book (Global Voices of Retreat) & Special Issue JESS

Collaborating with Jola Ajibade on an edited volume that includes perspectives from artists, practitioners, and academics to present new cases and new lenses for examining climate relocation. We are also editing a special issue in the Journal of Environmental Sciences & Studies on managed retreat.

Global Adaptation Synthesis

Lea Berrang Ford is leading a global initiative to code and synthesize thousands of academic studies providing evidence of the state of climate adaptation practice 2010-2020. I'm the Synthesis Lead, developing tools to automate coding reconciliation and protocols for synthesis. I am also a contributing author for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report WG2.

Developing Tools for Retreat & Floodplain Management

Partnering with non-profit organizations and local governments to support public outreach initiatives, inform communities about available legal tools for retreat or floodplain regulation, develop decision-making processes, and recommend improvements for existing incentives and retreat programs.


EnJust - Network connecting environmental justice advocates and academics

First Street Foundation Flood Lab

Managed Retreat Media, Dr. Liz Koslov, Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, Erica Bower, Lauren Sancken

Dr. Katharine Mach, Dr. Miyuki Hino, Carolien Kraan, Floodplain Development and Buyouts

Dr. Allison Reilly, Madeleine Gaw, Deb Niemeier, US disaster spending

Have a project idea or want to collaborate? Send me an email (


Peer-reviewed journal articles


K.J. Mach, A.R. Siders, “Reframing strategic, managed retreat for transformative climate adaptation,” Science, 372: 1294-1299.

A.R. Siders, A.L. Pierce, “Deciding how to make climate change adaptation decisions,” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 52: 1-8.

A.R. Siders, I.J. Ajibade, “Introduction: Managed retreat and environmental justice in a changing climate,” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (Special Issue Editors).

C. Kraan, J. Niemann, M. Hino, A.R. Siders, K. Mach, “Evaluating and promoting equity in retreat through voluntary property buyouts,” Journal of Environmental Sciences & Studies.

A.R. Siders, I.J. Ajibade, D. Casagrande, “Transformative potential of managed retreat as climate adaptation,Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 50: 272-280.

L. Turek-Hankins, E. Coughlan de Perez, G. Scarpa, P. Shwerdtle, E. Joe, E. Galappaththi, E. French, S. Austin, C. Singh, M. Sina, A.R. Siders, M. van Aalst, S. Templeman, A. Nunbogu, L. Berrang-Ford, T. Agrawal, K. Mach, “Climate change adaptation to extreme heat: A global systematic review of implemented action,” Oxford Open Climate Change.


M. Scott, M. Lennon, D. Tubridy, P. Marchman, A.R. Siders, K. Leilani Main, V. Herrmann, D. Butler, K. Frank, K. Bosomworth, R. Blanchi, C. Johnson. 2020. "Climate disruption and planning: Resistance or retreat?" Planning Theory & Practice, 21(1): 125-154, DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2020.1704130


A.R. Siders. 2019. "Managed retreat in the United States." One Earth, 1: 216-225, DOI: 10.1016/j.oneear.2019.09.008

A.R. Siders and J.M. Keenan. 2019. "Variables shaping coastal adaptation decisions to armor, nourish, and retreat in North Carolina." Ocean & Coastal Management, 183: 105023, DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2019.105023

A.R. Siders, M. Hino, K.J. Mach. 2019. "The case for strategic and managed climate retreat." Science, 365(6455): 761-763, DOI: 10.1126/science.aax8346 (Full Text available here)

K.J. Mach, C.M. Kraan, M. Hino, A.R. Siders, E.M. Johnston, C. Field. 2019. "Managed retreat through voluntary buyouts of flood-prone properties." Science Advances, 5(10): eaax8995 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax8995

A.R. Siders and C. Hulet. 2019. "Climigration and the Private Sector." Community Development Innovation Review (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco) 14(1): 79-86.

A.R. Siders. 2019.Adaptive capacity to climate change: A synthesis of concepts, methods, and findings in a fragmented field.” WIREs Climate Change, e573 DOI: 10.1002/wcc.573


A.R. Siders. 2018. "Social justice implications of US managed retreat buyout programs." Climatic Change, 152: 239-257. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-018-2272-5


A.R. Siders. 2017. "A role for strategies in urban climate change adaptation planning: Lessons from London." Regional Environmental Change, 17(6): 1801-10 DOI: 10.1007/s10113-017-1153-1


E. Grubert & A.R. Siders. 2016. "Benefits and applications of interdisciplinary digital tools for environmental meta-reviews and analyses." Environmental Research Letters, 11(9): 093001 DOI: 0.1088/1748-9326/11/9/093001

A.R. Siders, R. Stanley, K.M. Lewis. 2016. "A dynamic ocean management proposal for the Bering Strait region." Marine Policy, 74: 177-185 DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.09.028

Book Chapters


A.R. Siders, B. Ristroph, “Adaptation – Federal Law,” in Law of Environmental Protection (C. Harris, ed., Environmental Law Institute, Reuters) (in press).

A.R. Siders, M. Rockman, “Navigating the Complexity and Creativity of Cultural Heritage in Climate Adaptation,” in Toward Sustainability + Equity (E. Avrami, ed., Columbia Books on Architecture and the City) (in press).


A.R. Siders, L. Gerber-Chavez*, “Resilience for whom? Insights from COVID-19 for social equity in resilience,” in COVID-19: Systemic Risk and Resilience (I. Linkov, J. Keenan, B. Trump, eds., Springer).


A.R. Siders. 2016. “Incoherent Resilience -- Towards a common language for Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Sustainable Development.” In The Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Risk Reduction, edited by Jacqueline Peel and David Fisher. Brill.


Michael Gerrard and A.R. Siders. 2012. “Mexico's General Climate Change Law.” In What are the next steps? Legal perspectives on Mexico's General Law on Climate Change. Mexico-US Climate Law Network.


A.R. Siders, K.J. Mach. 2021. "Managed retreat, done right, can reinvent cities so they're better for everyone - and avoid harm from flooding, heat, fires," The Conversation.

A. Reilly, A.R. Siders, D. Niemeier. 2021. "Eliminate billion-dollar disasters: Equitable science-based US disaster policy for a resilient future," Day One Project.

A.R. Siders, A. Reilly, D. Niemeier. 2021. "After 22 billion-dollar disasters in 2020, it's time U.S. disaster policy was made equitable, effective, and climate ready: Here's how," The Conversation.

A.R. Siders, 2021. "Agenda for climate relocation research and practice." Proceedings of the Perry World House Global Shifts Symposium.

A.R. Siders, C.M. Brooks, A.E. Cravens, R.L. Nelson, D.R. Reineman, N. Ulibarri. 2020. "How to beat isolation? Academic feedback groups fit the bill and promote growth as scholars and humans." Nature Careers. 10.1038/d41586-020-01432-3

A.R. Siders. 2017. R script for creating a cross-citation network, GitHub repository. 10.5281/zenodo.1422870

A.R. Siders. 2017. "Climate adaptation: Past US floods give lessons in retreat." Nature 548: 281

A.R. Siders. 2013. “Anatomy of a Buyout Program -- New York Post-Superstorm Sandy.” 16th Annual Conference on Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations. New York, NY: Vermont Law School.

A.R. Siders. 2013. Managed Coastal Retreat: A Handbook of Tools, Case Studies, and Lessons Learned. New York, NY: Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School.