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Affiliate Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University

Amy Luers is affiliate professor at Concordia University and Global Lead for Sustainability Science at Microsoft. Previously, she was Executive Director for Future Earth, the Assistant Director for Climate Resilience and Information at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Senior Environment Program Manager at Google. Before that she led the climate program at the Union of Concerned Sciences California Office. Luers started her career in Latin America as co-founder and the first executive director of Agua Para La Vida (Water for Life), working with rural communities to enhance access to potable water.

She has published in both academic journals and in the popular media on issues related to vulnerability to global environmental change, data, sustainability, climate policy, and science communication. A respected scientist and data innovator, Luers has been recognized as a PopTech fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, Heinz Environmental Scholar, and has been a leader in advising the California state government, the White House, and the United Nation on topics related to the intersection of research, policy and data. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on committees of the National Academies of Sciences. Luers holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and an M.A. in international policy studies, from Stanford University; a B.S. and M.S. in environmental systems engineering from Humboldt State University; and a B.A. in philosophy from Middlebury College.


  • 2019–present
    Affiliate Professor, Concordia University


  • 2003 
    Stanford University, PhD. Environmental Science
  • 2003 
    Stanford University, MA. International Policy Studies