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Liliana Caughman, PhD

Transformative Climate Justice Scholar

Community-embedded and solutions-oriented research at the intersection of urban environmental studies, climate survival, and pluralistic futures. 


Liliana Caughman, PhD is a Postdoctoral Researcher, working with the Earth Systems Science for the Anthropocene (ESSA) network at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on how processes relate to outcomes, specifically in collaborative and community-based urban transformation and climate justice initiatives. She is interested in procedural justice, and the ability of cooperative and iterative evaluation methods to achieve equitable and lasting transformation. Through her work, she also aims to evolve academia to better serve the pressing needs of the modern era.

In her role as Research Associate at Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Liliana is currently developing and implementing a formative evaluation approach for the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program in the Pacific Northwest. This work supports the development of knowledge, expertise, and abilities of decision makers to plan and prepare for climate variability and change.

Outside of work, Liliana enjoys spending time outdoors exploring the world with her spouse and son, as well as cooking and eating Puerto Rican food as a way connect with her culture and ancestors.

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Liliana Caughman, PhD publishes her work in scholarly journals, attends and facilitates academic conferences, and gives talks and presentations to advance knowledge in her field.

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