William Solecki


Professor and Founder Director, Emeritus, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities


Email: wsolecki@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: 212-772-4536
Office: 1003D HN


Solecki’s research focuses on urban environmental change, resilience, and adaptation transitions. He currently is a Professor within the Department of Geography at Hunter College-City University of New York. From 2006-2014, he served as the Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College. He also served as interim Director of the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay. He has co-lead several climate impacts studies in the greater New York and New Jersey region, including the New York City on Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). He recently was a lead author of the IPCC, Working Group II, Urban Areas chapter (chapter 8) and a coordinating lead author of the US National Climate Assessment, Urbanization, Infrastructure, and Vulnerability chapter (chapter 11). He is a co-founder of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), co-editor of Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability, and founding editor of the Journal of Extreme Events. He holds degrees in Geography from Columbia University (BA) and Rutgers University (MA, PhD).


Ph.D. 1990 Rutgers University, Geography
M.A. 1987 Rutgers University, Geography
B.A. 1984 Columbia University, Geography

Research Interests:

urban environmental change, resilience, and adaptation transitions

Curriculum Vitae