Amy Luers

Scientific researcher,

Future Earth International
Institution page


Amy Luers is Director of the Sustainability in the Digital Age Initiative, Executive Director of Future Earth, and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment. Dr. Luers has over 25 years of experience working at the intersection of science, technology and policy. A former assistant director in the Obama White House and senior manager at Google, she is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and has served on committees of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academies of Sciences. Dr. Luers started her career working in Latin America, where she co-founded Agua Para La Vida, a small NGO working with rural communities to access potable drinking water. She also spent a number of years directing the water and climate security work at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Dr. Luers sits on several advisory boards including the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative, the International Observatory of AI and Digital Technologies, the US National Council for Science and the Environment, and Stanford University’s School of Earth. Luers has a PhD in environmental science, and a MA in international policy studies, both from Stanford University. She has published in both peer-reviewed and popular media on big data and the digital age, science communication, climate policy, and vulnerability and resilience of human-environmental systems.


12- Digitalization and the Anthropocene
Book Review
Creutzig F , Acemoglu D , Bai X , Edwards P N , Hintz M J , Kaack L H , Kilkis S , Kunkel S , Luers A , Milojevic-Dupont N , Rejeski D , Renn J , Rolnick D , Rosol C , Russ D , Turnbull T , Verdolini E , Wagner F , Wilson C , Zekar A , Zumwald M ,
2022 Annual Review of Environment and Resources (Date Added: 2022-11-27)

11- Climate risk assessment needs urgent improvement
Journal Note
Arribas A , Fairgrieve R , Dhu T , Bell J , Cornforth R , Gooley G , Hilson C J , Luers A , Shepherd T G , Street R , Wood N ,
2022 Nature Communications (Date Added: 2022-09-13)

10- Make greenhouse-gas accounting reliable - build interoperable systems
Journal Note
Luers A , Yona L , Field C B , Jackson R B , Mach K J , Cashore B W , Elliott C , Gifford L , Honigsberg C , Klaassen L , Matthews H D , Peng A , Stoll C , Van Pelt M , Virginia R A , Joppa L ,
2022 Nature (Date Added: 2022-08-10)

9- Temporary nature-based carbon removal can lower peak warming in a well-below 2 °C scenario
Journal Article
Matthews H D , Zickfeld K , Dickau M , MacIsaac A J , Mathesius S , Nzotungicimpaye C , Luers A ,
2022 Communications Earth and Environment (Date Added: 2022-07-12)

8- Industry and Waste: Toward the Circular Economy Foreword
Journal Article
2021 Field Actions Science Report (Date Added: 2022-01-27)

7- Addressing our planetary crisis: Consensus statement from the presenters and International Advisory Committee of the Regional Action on Climate Change (RACC) Symposium held in conjunction with the Kyoto-based Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum, 1 October 2021
Journal Article
Falk J , Attig-Bahar F , Colwell R R , Behera S K , El-Beltagy A S , von Braun J , Dasgupta P , Gleick P H , Kaneko R , Kennel C F , Koundouri P , Lee Y T , Lovejoy T E , Luers A , Murray C A , Lal R , Serageldin I , Sokona Y , Takeuchi K , Taniguchi M , Watanabe C , Yasunari T ,
2021 Sustainability Science (Date Added: 2021-11-18)

6- Planetary intelligence for sustainability in the digital age: Five priorities
Journal Article
Luers A L ,
2021 One Earth (Date Added: 2021-11-04)

5- Collective foresight and intelligence for sustainability
Journal Article
Wood S L R , Luers A , Garard J , Gambhir A , Chaudhari K , Ivanova M , Cronin C ,
2021 Global Sustainability (Date Added: 2021-11-04)

4- Beyond 2020: converging crises demand integrated responses: Statement by the RACC International Advisory Committee following the RACC-12 International Forum
Journal Article
Falk J , Colwell R , El-Beltagy A , Gleick P , Kennel C , Lee Y T , Luers A , Murray C , Serageldin I , Takeuchi K , Watanabe C , Yasunari T ,
2021 Sustainability Science (Date Added: 2021-11-04)

3- Sustainability in the digital age
Journal Article
Luers A , Langlois L , Mougeot M , Kharaghani S , Luccioni A ,
2020 IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (Date Added: 2021-11-04)

2- Leveraging digital disruptions for a climate-safe and equitable world: The D^2S agenda
Journal Note
Luers A , Garard J , St Clair A L , Gaffney O , Hassenboehler T , Langlois L , Mougeot M , Luccioni S ,
2020 IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (Date Added: 2021-11-04)

1- Imagining transformative biodiversity futures
Journal Note
Wyborn C , Davila F , Pereira L , Lim M , Alvarez I , Henderson G , Luers A , Martinez Harms M J , Maze K , Montana J , Ryan M , Sandbrook C , Shaw R , Woods E ,
2020 Nature Sustainability (Date Added: 2021-11-04)