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Diana returned to Tucson in 2009 to co-direct the Institute of the Environment with Jonathan Overpeck and promote interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach on the environment at The University of Arizona. Her tenure and disciplinary home is in the School of Geography and Development.
She has maintained an affiliation with Oxford University where she is a visiting professor of Environmental Policy and Development in the School of Geography and Environment, a fellow of Linacre College, and a fellow in the Environmental Change Institute.
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.
She has been an active member of national and international advisory committees on global change including the US NAS Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change and the Inter American Institute (IAI) for Global Change Research. Currently she is a member of the new National Academy of Sciences Committee on America's Climate Choices which is advising the US government on responses to climate change and vicechair of the subpanel on Informing Decisions. She is also the chair of the scientific advisory committee international Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) program (the International Programme Office is based at Oxford) and sits on the parent committee for the international Earth Systems Science Partnership. Her editorial board roles include the Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Climatic Change, Environmental Science and Policy, and Global Environmental Change. She has worked closely with the UK Tyndall Centre for Climate Change.