Jon Barnett

Australian Research Council Laureate Professor in the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Melbourne University

Jon Barnett is a political geographer whose research investigates social impacts and responses to environmental change. He has over twenty years of experience conducting field-based research on social vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in Australia, China, Timor-Leste and Pacific Island Countries. Jon's research has helped explain the impacts of climate change on cultures, food security, inequality, instability, migration, and water security, and ways in which adaptation can promote social justice and peace. Jon leads the Australian Research Council funded project called Future Islands, which seeks to transform knowledge about climate change adaptation on atolls so that people can lead dignified and meaningful well lives well into the future. He has published over 100 articles in the world’s leading scientific journals, including Nature and Nature Climate Change. He served six years as editor of Global Environmental Change, which is the world’s leading journal for research on the human dimensions of climate change, and he was Lead Author for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report chapter on Human Security.

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