Diana's research has focused on the human dimensions of global environmental change and her main research interests include climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, and climate policy and mitigation especially in the developing world. She also works on the political economy and political ecology of environmental management in the Americas, especially in Mexico. Her current projects include work on climate justice (including the role of women in climate science, climate and poverty in Tucson, and climate in the new Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs), a study of the environmental impacts of NAFTA+20, societal response to megadrought, and the human dimensions of climate services and climate information provision.
Her graduate students have worked on aspects of climate adaptation and policy and on food security mostly in the Americas. She is not accepting new students to supervise in Fall 21 or later as she will be on research leave and then moving on to retirement (from teaching and admin, more time for research!)