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. Her current projects on climate justice include (including the role of women in climate science, climate and poverty in Tucson, and climate in the new Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs). She is also working with the Earth Commission to envision safe and just targets for the earth system.
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.