Lauren Gifford

Degree: Ph.D

Affiliate professor and human environment geographer

Department: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Lauren Gifford


Climatology Environment Geography Global Warming/Climate Change/Meteorology Science


  • Public environmental policy
  • Carbon markets and offsets
  • Climate finance
  • Climate technology


Lauren Gifford, Ph.D., is an affiliate professor and human environment geographer in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her areas of research include, global climate policy, conservation and environmental justice.

She began teaching Global Climate Change at MSU Denver in 2019. Gifford is a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Geography, Development, and Environment at University of Arizona. Her research examines the evolution of climate finance, and the incorporation of technology industry interests and blockchain technology, with an emphasis on carbon markets and offsets.

Gifford is a part of Climate Justice Hub at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an affiliate with the Cooperative Institute for Research in environmental sciences at CU Boulder. She consults with governments, foundations and start-ups on climate and environmental policy.

Gifford received her Ph.D. in geography from University of Colorado, Boulder in 2018, a master of arts in environmental studies from Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s in Communications from American University.

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