Bio


Siders studies climate change adaptation and coastal resilience policies. She combines approaches from hazards geography, sociology, law, digital humanities, and computational social science. Siders also collaborates with consulting companies and non-profit organizations to integrate climate change adaptation into disaster risk reduction and resilience efforts. Her work spans several geographic regions, including infrastructure development in the Arctic, coastal defense in the United States, and urban resilience in Europe and South-East Asia.

Prior to coming to Stanford, Siders was a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Navy, where she worked on clean energy, science cooperation, and international engagement and capacity building in Africa, and an Associate Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, where she worked on post-Hurricane Sandy recovery. She is a research fellow with the Earth Systems Governance Program, Florida Earth Foundation, Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative, and the Hoover Institution Arctic Security Initiative. She holds an A.B. in Evolutionary Biology and a J.D. from Harvard. She is a member of the California bar. She is originally from Duluth, Minnesota, currently resides in Washington, DC, and misses the cold.

Honors & Awards


  • Conference Early Scholar Bursary Award, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (2017)
  • Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Morgridge Family, Stanford University (2016-Present)
  • Stanford Graduate Fellow in Science & Engineering, David and Lucille Packard Foundation (2013-Present)
  • Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Navy (2010-2012)
  • Dean's Award for Community Leadership, Harvard Law School (2010)
  • Chayes International Public Service Fellowship, Harvard Law School (2008)
  • Endicott Peabody Saltonstall Prize for Public Service Leadership Potential, Harvard University (2007)
  • Goelet Award for Undergraduate Research in Anthropology, Harvard College (2007)
  • Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE) Fellow, Harvard College (2006-2007)

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Leadership Tier Representative, Coastal Resilience Collaborative, Florida Earth Foundation (2014 - Present)
  • Research Fellow, Hoover Institution - Arctic Security Initiative (2014 - 2016)
  • Research Fellow, Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI) (2014 - 2016)
  • Research Fellow, Earth Systems Governance Project (2014 - Present)
  • Member, American Association of Geographers (2013 - Present)
  • Member, American Society of Adaptation Professionals (2017 - Present)
  • Member, California Bar Association (2011 - Present)
  • Member, Climate Evaluation Society (2014 - Present)
  • Member, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (2017 - Present)
  • Member, Society of International Development (2014 - Present)

Education & Certifications


  • J.D., Harvard Law School (2010)
  • B.A., Harvard College, Human Evolutionary Biology / Biological Anthropology (2007)
  • Certificate, Georgetown Government Affairs Institute, Legislative Affairs (2012)
  • Certificate, Georgetown Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, Executive Nonprofit Management (2011)

Stanford Advisors


Service, Volunteer and Community Work


  • Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, National Security Journal, Harvard Law School (2009 - 2010)

    Location

    Cambridge, MA

  • Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Harvard Law School (2009 - 2010)

    Location

    Cambridge, MA, USA

  • Editor, Harvard Environmental Law Journal, Harvard Law School (2008 - 2010)

    Location

    Cambridge, MA, USA

  • Student Database Manager, E-IPER, Stanford University (2014 - Present)

    Location

    Palo Alto, CA, USA

  • Volunteer Educator, SPLASH, Stanford University (2013 - 2015)

    Location

    Palo Alto, CA, USA

  • Admissions Committee Student Representative, E-IPER Stanford University (2013 - 2014)

    Location

    Palo Alto, CA, USA

  • Legal Researcher, Landmine Action (2008 - 2008)

    Location

    London, UK

  • Residential Assistant, Dane Hall, Harvard Law School (2009 - 2010)

    Location

    Cambridge, MA, USA

  • Pre-Law Tutor, Kirkland House, Harvard College (2008 - 2010)

    Location

    Cambridge, MA, USA

  • Volunteer, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (9/2016 - Present)

    Location

    Washington, DC

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Siders' research is motivated by the desire to build safe, resilient, sustainable coastal communities. As climate change makes the coasts increasingly vulnerable to sea level rise, hurricanes, storm surge, and floods, people will need to find new ways to deal with these challenges.

As an interdisciplinary scholar, Siders combines legal analysis, geography, qualitative and social science, and digital humanities to explore the creation, implementation, and effect of coastal adaptation policies.

Her doctoral work uses computational tools from the digital humanities to conduct the first meta-analysis of research on adaptive capacity -- an effort to understand why some people and groups are better able to adapt than others. Her work identifies five key functions that all people must be able to perform to adapt, and proposes a novel approach for thinking about and assessing capacity. The method is novel for its ability to assess capacity across scales, from individual to nation, thereby allowing assessment of multi-scalar systems.

Other recent projects include an exploration of the social justice implications of U.S. coastal buyout policies; an evaluation of the utility of urban climate adaptation strategies; and a proposal for a dynamic maritime governance scheme in the Arctic. Siders collaborates with consulting companies and non-profits to integrate climate change adaptation into disaster risk reduction, resilience, and international development efforts.

Her work is geographically diverse, including projects in Europe, U.S. coasts and rivers, global coastal megacities, the Arctic, and Southeast Asia.

Work Experience


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Associate Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School (September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013)

    Location

    New York, NY

  • Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Navy (September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2012)

    Location

    Washington, D.C.

All Publications


  • A role for strategies in urban climate change adaptation planning: Lessons from London REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE Siders, A. R. 2017
  • A dynamic ocean management proposal for the Bering Strait region MARINE POLICY Siders, A., Stanley, R., Lewis, K. M. 2016; 74: 177-185
  • Benefits and applications of interdisciplinary digital tools for environmental meta-reviews and analyses ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Grubert, E., Siders, A. 2016; 11 (9)
  • Resilient Incoherence - Seeking Common Language for Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Sustainable Development The Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Risk Reduction Siders, A. R. edited by Peel, J., Fisher, D. Brill Nijhoff. 2016: 101–127
  • Managed Coastal Retreat: A Legal Handbook on Shifting Development Away from Vulnerable Areas Siders, A. R. Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School. New York, NY, USA. 2013