Prof. Petra Tschakert

2020 Visiting Fellow

University of Western Australia

Petra Tschakert is Centenary Professor in Rural Development in the Department of Geography at the University of Western Australia.  She is trained as a human-environment geographer and conducts research at the intersection of political ecology, climate change adaptation, climate justice, and livelihood security. Her current work explores intangible harm in the context of climate change, with particular emphasis on poverty, vulnerability, and inequalities. She is the principal investigator on the ARC-funded Discovery Project ‘Locating Loss from Climate Change in Everyday Places’.  She combines critical social science insights with grounded, participatory methods for collective learning and social change.

Prof. Tschakert played a crucial role as coordinating lead author (CLA) on two major assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Chapter 5 (Sustainable Development, Poverty Eradication and Reducing Inequalities) on the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (2018) and Chapter 13 (Livelihoods and Poverty) of the Fifth Assessment Report (2014).

Prof. Tschakert’s work has been published in leading academic journals such Nature, Global Environmental Change, Nature Climate Change, Climate Policy, Climatic Change, WIREs Climate Change, Environment & Planning A, Ecology & Society, Emotion, Space & Society, and Climate & Development.

Petra is a 2020 Visiting Fellow at the Sydney Environmental Institute, at The University of Sydney.