1963-2018 - 55 years of Research for Social Change

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Dunja Krause

Research Officer

Dunja Krause is a Research Officer and leads the Institute’s work on social dimensions of climate change with a focus on just transition and transformative adaptation. She joined UNRISD in October 2014.

A geographer by training, she has previously worked at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (2009-2014), focusing on vulnerability assessments to natural hazards, the development of a global risk index, and the evaluation of climate change adaptation options in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. Dunja previously held a shorter post (2008-2009) with the United Nations Environment Programme in Vienna, working on the interlinkages between environment and security and transboundary environmental cooperation as a means of conflict prevention.

Her research interests include climate and environmental justice, politics of disaster risk and climate change adaptation, and questions of urban sustainability and just transitions.

Selected Publications:
  • (ed. with Edouard Morena and Dimitris Stevis). 2020. Just Transitions: Social Justice in the Shift Towards a Low-Carbon World. London: Pluto Press.
  • (with Dimitris Stevis and Edouard Morena). 2020. “Introduction: The genealogy and contemporary politics of just transitions.” In Just Transitions: Social Justice in the Shift Towards a Low-Carbon World, edited by Edouard Morena, Dunja Krause and Dimitris Stevis, 1–31. London: Pluto Press.
  • (with Dimitris Stevis and Edouard Morena). 2019. “Reclaiming the Role of Labour Environmentalism in Just Transitions.” International Union Rights, 26(4):3–4.
  • (with Shannon Johnson, and inputs from Sanna Markkanen, Maxensius Tri Sambodo, Shivani Chaudhry, Aaron Eisenberg and Jessica Omukuti). 2019. Climate Justice from Below. Local Struggles for Just Transition(s). A Report of the Just Transition Research Collaborative. Geneva: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and UNRISD.
  • 2019. Transforming Coastal City Adaptation: From Idea to Practice. Research and Policy Brief, No. 27. Geneva: UNRISD.
  • (with Edouard Morena, Dimitris Stevis, Rebecca Shelton, Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood, Vivian Price, Diego Azzi, Nicole Helmerich, and inputs from Sandra van Niekerk, Jacklyn Cock, Ella Diarra and Tadzio Müller). 2018. Mapping Just Transition(s) to a Low-Carbon World. A Report of Just Transition Research Collaborative. Geneva: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, University of London Institute in Paris and UNRISD.
  • 2018. “Transformative Approaches to Address Climate Change and Achieve Climate Justice.” In Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice, edited by Tahseen Jafry, 509-520. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • (with Doreen Akiyo Yomoah). 2018. “Environmental Justice in the United States – What’s Missing?” UNRISD Blogs and Think Pieces, 21 March.
  • 2017. “Linking Resilience Thinking and Transformative Change: Taking Development Debates to a New Level.” UNRISD Blogs and Think Pieces, 16 August.
  • 2016. “Sustainable Development in Times of Climate Change.” In Policy Innovations for Transformative Change. Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 153–178. Geneva: UNRISD.
  • (with Maria Schwab and Joern Birkmann). 2015. “An Actor-Oriented and Context-Specific Framework for Evaluating Climate Change Adaptation.” New Directions for Evaluation, 147:37–48.
  • (with Torsten Welle, Joern Birkmann, Dora-Catalina Suarez, Neysa Jacqueline Setiadi and Jan Wolfertz). 2013. “The WorldRiskIndex: A concept for the assessment of risk and vulnerability at global/national scales.” In Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards. Towards Disaster Resilient Societies, 2nd edition, edited by Joern Birkmann, 219-250. Tokyo, New York, Paris: UNU Press.
  • (with Joern Birkmann). 2011. Refining the Agenda? Humanitarian Assistance in Times of Climate Change. DKKV Publication Series, 44. Bonn: German Committee for Disaster Reduction.