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Dr. Alexandra Lesnikowski

Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment

Dr. Alexandra Lesnikowski
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7314
Website(s): Concordia Climate Change Adaptation Lab
Availability: Upon request.

Graduate student opportunities

Several funded graduate student positions are available at the Master or PhD level in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment under the supervision of Dr. Lesnikowski. The positions are effective September 2023. For further information, visit the Concordia Climate Change Adaptation Lab website.

Research activities

Climate change vulnerability and housing system governance

Multilevel governance of adaptation in Canada

Urban adaptation policy design and governance

Teaching activities

URBS 480 Impact Assessment

URBS 230 Urbanization: Global and Historical Perspectives

GEOG 478 Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Policy


Journal articles

Lesnikowski, Alexandra, James D. Ford, Robbert Biesbroek, Lea Berrang-Ford. 2019.Characterizing climate change adaptation policy portfolios: Comparative measurementthrough policy instrument mixes. Climatic Change. 156(4): 447-469.

Conevska, Aleksandra, James D. Ford, Alexandra Lesnikowski. 2019. Assessing the Adap-tation Fund’s responsiveness to developing country’s needs. Climate and Development. DOI:10.1080/17565529.2019.1638225.

Berrang-Ford, Lea, Robbert Biesbroek, James D. Ford, Alexandra Lesnikowski, AndrewTanabe, Frances M. Wang, Chen Chen, Angel Hsu, Jessica J. Hellmann, Patrick Pringle,Martina Grecequet, J.-C. Amado, Saleemul Huq, Shuaib Lwasa, S. Jody Heymann. 2019.”Tracking global climate change adaptation among governments.” Nature Climate Change 9:440-449.

Lesnikowski, Alexandra, Ella Belfer, Emma Rodman, Julie Smith, Robbert Biesbroek,John D. Wilkerson, James D. Ford, Lea Berrang-Ford. 2019. ”Frontiers in data analytics foradaptation research: Topic modeling.” WIREs Climate Change 10(3): e573.

Biesbroek, Robbert, Lea Berrang-Ford, Alexandra Lesnikowski, Stephanie Austin, andJames D. Ford. 2018. ”Data, concepts and methods for large-n comparative climate changeadaptation policy research: a systematic literature review.” WIREs Climate Change 9 (6):e548.

Conevska, Aleksandra, James D. Ford, Alexandra Lesnikowski, and Sherri Harper. 2019.”Adaptation financing for projects focused on food systems through the UNFCCC.” ClimatePolicy 19 (1): 43-58.

Biesbroek, Robbert, Alexandra Lesnikowski, Lea Berrang-Ford, Martinus Vink, and JamesFord. 2018. ”Do Administrative Traditions Matter for Climate Change Adaptation Policy?A Comparative Analysis of 32 High Income Countries.” Review of Policy Research 35 (6):881-906.

Lesnikowski, Alexandra, James D. Ford, Robbert Biesbroek, Lea Berrang-Ford, MichelleMaillet, Malcolm Araos, and Stephanie E. Austin. 2017. “What Does the Paris AgreementMean for Adaptation?” Climate Policy 17 (7): 825-831.

Lesnikowski, Alexandra, James D. Ford, Robbert Biesbroek, Lea Berrang-Ford, and S.Jody Heymann. 2016. “National-Level Progress on Adaptation.” Nature Climate Change 6(3): 261-264.

Ford, James D., Simon E. Tilleard, Lea Berrang-Ford, Malcolm Araos, Robbert Biesbroek,Alexandra Lesnikowski, Graham K. MacDonald, Angel Hsu, Chen Chen, and LiviaBizikova. 2016. “Opinion: Big Data Has Big Potential for Applications to Climate ChangeAdaptation.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (39): 10729–32.

Araos, Malcolm, Lea Berrang-Ford, James D Ford, Stephanie E Austin, Robbert Biesbroek,and Alexandra Lesnikowski. 2016. “Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Large Cities:A Systematic Global Assessment.” Environmental Science and Policy. 66: 375-382.

Ford, James D., Lea Berrang-Ford, Robbert Biesbroek, Malcolm Araos, Stephanie Austin, andAlexandra Lesnikowski. 2015. “Adaptation Tracking for a Post-2015 Climate Agreement.”Nature Climate Change 5: 967–69.

Lesnikowski, Alexandra, James D Ford, Lea Berrang-Ford, Magda Barrera, and Jody Hey-mann. 2015. “How Are We Adapting to Climate Change? A Global Assessment.” Mitigationand Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 20 (2): 277–93.

Berrang-Ford, Lea, James D. Ford, Alexandra Lesnikowski, Carolyn Poutiainen, MagdaBarrera, and S. Jody Heymann. 2014. “What Drives National Adaptation? A Global Assess-ment.” Climatic Change 124 (1–2): 441–50.

Lesnikowski, Alexandra, James D. Ford, Lea Berrang-Ford, Magda Barrera, Peter Berry,Jim Henderson, and S. Jody Heymann. 2013. “National-Level Factors Affecting Planned,Public Adaptation to Health Impacts of Climate Change.” Global Environmental Change 23(5): 1153–63.

Ford, James D., Lea Berrang-ford, Alexandra Lesnikowski, Magda Barrera, and S JodyHeymann. 2013. “How to Track Adaptation to Climate Change: A Typology of Approachesfor National-Level Application.” Ecology and Society 18 (3): 40-54.

Paterson, Jaclyn A., James D. Ford, Lea Berrang-Ford, Alexandra Lesnikowski, PeterBerry, Jim Henderson, and Jody Heymann. 2012. “Adaptation to Climate Change in theOntario Public Health Sector.” BMC Public Health 12 (1): 452.

Lesnikowski, Alexandra, James D. Ford, Lea Berrang-Ford, Jaclyn Paterson, Magda Bar-rera, and S. Jody Heymann. 2011. “Adapting to Health Impacts of Climate Change: A Studyof UNFCCC Annex I Parties.” Environmental Research Letters 6 (4): 044009.

Book chapters

Biesbroek, Robbert, and Alexandra Lesnikowski. 2018. “Adaptation.” In Governing Cli-mate Change: Polycentricity in Action?, edited by & J. Forster A. Jordan, D. Huitema, H.Van Asselt, 303–19. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Senbel, Maged, and Alexandra Lesnikowski. 2015. “Climate Change Planning and Neigh-bourhood Design for Low-Carbon, Resilient and Health Communities.” In Canadian Cities inTransition, edited by Pierre Filion, Tara Vinodrai, Ryan Walker, and Markus Moos. Oxford,UK: Oxford University Press.

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