Global Research

Light streaming through monsoon clouds, Kathmandu, Nepal

Light streaming through monsoon clouds, Kathmandu, Nepal

Lead Researcher, Tracking and evaluating the human dimensions of climate change scholarship          

This study aims to: 1) quantitatively describe trends in the human dimensions of climate change scholarship since 1990, focusing on the work of vulnerability scholars; 2) to develop and apply a critical evaluation framework to identify successes and shortcomings within the human dimensions of climate change field; and 3) to pinpoint salient opportunities for improving the conceptual and empirical contributions of scholars working at the intersection of environmental and social change. I oversaw all aspects of this project, including study design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation, and scholarly publications/presentations.

Lead Researcher, Systematic reviews of climate change adaptation in high mountains and the Arctic  

Conducted as two independent projects, these studies systematically assessed what is known about human adaptation to climate change in 1) glaciated mountain regions and 2) the Arctic. They utilized formal systematic review methods to examine the peer-reviewed English language literature and provided a clear assessment of the current state of knowledge (e.g. adaptation where, by whom, to what stressors, by what means, and with what effect). The studies contribute to an emerging literature tracking on-the-ground adaptation processes and outcomes, and help inform research/policy agendas for addressing key knowledge gaps. Results from these assessments have been profiled at high-level meetings such as 'The World Mountain Forum' and 'Our Common Future Under Climate Change'. I oversaw all aspects of these reviews, including study design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation, and scholarly publications/presentations.