Liz Koslov

Liz Koslov

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning


Ph.D., media, culture, and communication, New York University
MSc in culture and society, London School of Economics
BA in communication, Spanish and Latin American literature, George Washington University

Areas of Interest:

Climate Change, Disasters, Environmental Justice, Ethnograph, Media, Urban Culture and Politics, Urban Political Ecology


(310) 206-7150


Office Location:

5375, Public Affairs

Liz Koslov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, where she studies the social dimensions of climate change, questions of environmental and climate justice, and how cities are adapting to effects such as extreme weather and sea-level rise.

Recent publications include pieces on sociology and the climate crisis, flood maps, and the possibilities for collective climate adaptation amidst denial and public silence. Her current book project, Retreat: Moving to Higher Ground in a Climate-Changed City, offers an ethnographic account of “managed retreat” from the coast in New York City after Hurricane Sandy. Koslov’s research on this topic has been cited in outlets such as Scientific American,The New Yorker, and WWNO New Orleans Public Radio.

Prior to joining UCLA, Koslov was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT.