In 2003 she was appointed to the first Chair in Environmental Science at the University of Oxford (where she was also the first woman appointed to a chair in the School of Geography), and became Director of the Environmental Change Institute, a centre for research, teaching and outreach on the environment at Oxford University. Over five years she increased the income, size, and profile of ECI, hiring a number of distinguished scholars and working with groups such as the Tyndall Centre and James Martin 21st Century School. In 2009 she returned to Arizona to co-direct the Institute of the Environment, working with Prof. Jonathan Overpeck until 2016 when the University restructured senior personnel.
She has served on several national and international committees including the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, and the NAS Committee on America's Climate Choices. She also chaired the scientific advisory committee of the Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) program and of the IHDP Earth System Governance Project. She co-chaired a transition team to create a new international research initiative, Future Earth, for an Alliance of international organizations that include ICSU, UNEP, and UNESCO.
She serves on the board of a number of organizations including cultural and creative sustainability experts Julie's Bicycle ([www.juliesbicycle.com])
Over 60 students have graduated under her supervision.
Liverman has made many contributions to understanding of the human dimensions of global environmental change. Her publications and research grants deal with climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, climate change and food security, and climate policy, mitigation and justice especially in the developing world. She has a particular interest in the political ecology of environmental management in the Americas, especially in Mexico.
Liverman worked on the human impacts of drought as early as the 1980s, and the impacts of climate change on food systems using early climate modelling techniques and crop simulation models. Having identified the limitations to modelling approaches, fieldwork in Mexico followed, examining vulnerability to natural hazards in the agricultural sector, and the potential impacts of climatic change on food systems. Liverman has also examined the effects of neoliberalism on Latin American society and environmental regimes, particularly along the US-Mexico border.
In recent years she has focused on the international dimensions of climate policy and the growth of the new carbon economy, and is a frequent speaker and commentator on global climate issues. She was a co-author of a series of high-profile papers on planetary boundaries and Earth system governance.
She has also led several major collaborative research projects, funded mainly by US and European agencies. In 2011 she was part of a group who briefed the Dalai Lama (2011) on climate change.
Founder's Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, for "promoting the idea that climate impacts depend as much on vulnerability as on physical climate change, and especially showing how changing socioeconomic and political conditions have shifted the patterns of climate vulnerability" (2010)
Richardson, K, Steffen W. and Liverman D. eds. 2011. Climate Change: Risks, Challenges, Decisions. Cambridge University Press.
National Academy of Sciences. 2010. Informing an Effective Response to Climate change. Panel report for America's Climate Choices (lead author, Diana Liverman). National Academies Press, Washington DC. 300pp
Marston, S., Knox, P., Liverman D., Del Casino, V. and Robbins, P. 2010. World Regions in Global Context. Prentice Hall, 480pp.
Ingram J., Ericksen P and Liverman D. 2010. eds. Food Security and Global Environmental Change. Earthscan
Knox P, S. Marston and D.M.Liverman. 2009. Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context. Edition 5. Prentice Hall.
Castree, N. Demeritt D., Liverman D.M. and Rhoads B. eds. 2009. A Companion to Environmental Geography. Wiley Blackwell. 588pp.
Liverman and others, 1998. People and Pixels: Linking Remote Sensing and Social Science. National Academies Press, Washington DC.
DeFries, R., E. Ellis, F. S. Chapin III, P. Matson, B. L. Turner II, A. Agrawal, P. Crutzen, C. Field, P. Gleick, P. Kareiva, E. Lambin, E. Ostrom, P. Sanchez, J. Syvitski, and D.M. Liverman. 2012. Planetary Opportunities: A social contract for global change science to contribute to a sustainable future. BioScience 6:xxx-xxx. [www.jstor.org]
Lovell H and Liverman D.M. 2010. Understanding carbon offset technologies. New Political Economy. 15(2):255-273
New, M, Liverman D.M., Schroeder H. and Anderson K. 2010. Four degrees and beyond: the potential for a global temperature increase of four degrees and its implications Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A January 13, 2011 369:6-19; doi: 10.1098/rsta.2010.0303
Rockström J, W. Steffen, K. Noone, Å. Persson, F.S. Chapin, E.F. Lambin, T.M. Lenton, M.Scheffer, Carl Folke, H.J. Schellnhuber, B. Nykvist, C.A. de Wit, T. Hughes, S. van der Leeuw, H. Rodhe, S. Sörlin, P.K. Snyder, R. Costanza, U. Svedin, M.Falkenmark, L. Karlberg. R.W. Corell. V.J. Fabry, J.Hansen, B.Walker, D.M. Liverman, K. Richardson, P.Crutzen & J.A. Foley. 2009. A safe operating space for humanity. Nature 461, 472-475. doi:10.1038/461472a
Lovell H., Bulkeley H. and Liverman D.M. 2009. Carbon offsetting: Sustaining Consumption. Environment and Planning A 41(10): 2357-2379
Liverman, D.M. 2009. Conventions of Climate Change: Constructions of danger and the dispossession of the atmosphere. Journal of Historical Geography. 35(2):279-295
Bumpus A.G. and Liverman D.M. 2008. Accumulation by decarbonisation and the governance of carbon offsets. Economic Geography 84(2): 127-156.
Lemos, M.C., E. Boyd, E. Tompkins, H. Osbahr, D.M. Liverman 2007. Developing adaptation and adapting development. Ecology and Society,12(2): 26 [online] URL: [www.ecologyandsociety.org]
Liverman D.M. 2007. Survival into the Future in the Face of Climate Change. Survival: The Survival of the Human Race (2006 Darwin Lectures). E. Shuckburgh. Ed. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 187-205.
Liverman D.M. and Vilas S. 2006. Neoliberalism and the environment in Latin America. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 31(1): 327-363.
Liverman, D.M. 2004. Who governs, at what scale and at what price? Geography, environmental governance and the commodification of nature. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 94(4): 734-738.
Vasquez M. and Liverman D.M. 2004. The political ecology of land-use change: Affluent ranchers and destitute farmers in the Mexican Municipio of Alamos. Human Organization 63(1): 21-33.
Liverman D.M. 1999. Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought in Mexico. Natural Resources Journal 39(1): 99-115.
Liverman D.M. 1999. Geography and the Global Environment. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 89(1): 107-124.
Conde, C., DM. Liverman, M. Flores, R. Ferrer, R. Araujo, E. Betancourt, G. Villarreal, and C. Gay. 1997. Vulnerability of rainfed maize crops in Mexico to climate change. Climate Research. 9(1-2): 17-23
Appendini K. and D.M. Liverman 1994. Agricultural policy and climate change in Mexico. Food Policy. 19(2): 149-164.
Liverman, D.M. and K. O'Brien, 1991. Global Warming and Climate Change in Mexico. Global Environmental Change 1(4): 351-364
Liverman, D.M. 1990. Drought and Agriculture in Mexico: The case of Sonora and Puebla in 1970. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 80(1):49-72.
^Summary for Policymakers(PDF), Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC:, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), nd, retrieved October 8, 2018, "IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty