Patrick Regan

Associate Director of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative and Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

“The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN)”


Patrick Regan will talk about measurement and implications of climate vulnerability assessments at the country and city level using the ND-GAIN suite of tools. Adaptation has implications for our understanding about the effects of climate change on a number of outcomes that we study, as well as policies that communities try to implement. Regan will talk about possible applications of GAIN assessments.


Patrick Regan is the Associate Director of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) and Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies. At ECI, Regan directs the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) and its analysis of human social adaptation to climate change. He is the author of six books, most recently Peace Continuum (Oxford, 2018). Since earning his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1992, Regan has served on the faculties of Canterbury University in New Zealand and Binghamton University in New York. He was also a Fulbright research fellow at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Norway, a visiting faculty member at Bogacizi University in Istanbul, and a visiting scholar at Sichuan University’s Center on Ecology, Environment, and Sustainability in China.