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2018 Laureate Profile: Professor Jonathon Barnett

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Professor Jonathon Barnett

Professor Jonathon Barnett

Administering Organisation: The University of Melbourne

Discipline Area: Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences

Fellowship project summary


This project aims to create new knowledge about successful adaptation to climate change on low-lying islands. There is a poor understanding of how communities in low-lying islands can adapt to climate change. This project seeks to provide evidence about adaptation practices to sustain island communities through a changing climate. Expected outcomes include developing a database of adaptation strategies, creating systems for monitoring change, and building capacity of early career researchers. This project is expected to enhance our understanding of adaptation and resilience to environmental change in Australia and low-lying regions.

Australian Research Council funding: $3,208,274

About Professor Barnett

Professor Jonathon Barnett is a Professor in the School of Geography at The University of Melbourne.

He is a political geographer, whose research investigates social impacts and responses to environmental change. Professor Barnett’s research has helped explain the impacts of climate change on coastal communities, cultures, food security, migration, and water security. With a particular focus on adaptation solutions that contribute to social justice and peace, Professor Barnett has conducted fieldwork in several Pacific Island Countries, and in Australia, China and Timor-Leste.

For his research achievements, he was named a 2016 Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and received the 2014 Victorian Division Award for Cutting Edge Research from the Planning Institute of Australia. Professor Barnett is also co-editor of the journal Global Environmental Change. He also received a 2012 ARC Future Fellowship.

Find out more about Professor Barnett’s research by visiting his profile page on The University of Melbourne website.

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.

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