People

Founders

Lea photoProf. Lea Berrang-Ford

Prof. Lea Berrang-Ford is the Priestley Chair in Climate and Health at the University of Leeds (UK). She holds a Ph.D in  Epidemiology from the University of Guelph. Prof. Berrang-Ford draws on her background in epidemiology and geography to translate and integrate quantitative and qualitative tools for study design and analysis for adaptation tracking. She is interested in new conceptual and methodological opportunities for development of systematic, comprehensive, and theory-guided indicators of adaptation policy at the global level. Prof. Berrang-Ford co-leads the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHCACC) project in the Canadian Inuit north, the Peruvian Amazon, and southwestern Uganda. She leads the methodology portfolio at TRAC3.

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Robbert photoDr. Robbert Biesbroek

Dr. Robbert Biesbroek is an Associate Professor at the Public Administration and Policy group at Wageningen University (Netherlands). He is an expert on national adaptation policy and barriers to climate change adaptation. His research interests include measuring and evaluating progress on adaptation policy, interventions to overcome barriers to change, boundary-spanning policy problems and social mechanisms for policy change. He is recipient of a Dutch NWO-VENI research grant (2018-2022) and member of the International Climate Policy Innovation network and the Dutch Association of Public Administration. He was active in the PEER study on National Adaptation Strategies across Europe (2008-2010) and the EEA’s report on national adaptation in Europe (2014). Dr. Biesbroek holds a Ph.D. in Political and Environmental Science (2014) from Wageningen University. He leads conceptual development at TRAC3.

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Portrait JamesProf. James Ford

Prof. James Ford is the Priestley Chair in Climate Change Adaptation at the University of Leeds (UK). He holds a Ph.D in Geography from Guelph University. His work takes place at the interface between climate and society, and he is particularly interested in climate change vulnerability and adaptation. As part of TRAC3 he is particularly interested in developing novel approaches to tracking climate change adaptation at global and regional levels, examining the experience of adaptation in particular locations, and advancing approaches for adaptation monitoring and evaluation. Dr. Ford is currently Editor in Chief at the journal Regional Environmental Change. He leads empirical development at TRAC3.

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Dr. Alexandra Lesnikowski

Alexandra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, & Environment at Concordia University, Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from McGill University and a M.A. (Planning) from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Lesnikowksi’s current research is focussed multilevel governance and comparative methods.Within TRAC3, her research interests include longitudinally assessing adaptation progress at a national level, identifying predictors of adaptation progress at a national level, and characterizing transformative adaptation across sectors.

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Affiliates

Tristan-PearceDr. Tristan Pearce

Dr. Tristan Pearce is a Tier II Canada Research Chair in the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change and Associate Professor in the Department of Global & International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Canada. His research focuses on the human dimensions of global environmental change, in particular the vulnerability and adaptation of communities and socio-ecological systems to environmental change. He is currently working on these issues in partnership with Indigenous communities incommunities in the Canadian Arctic, Pacific Islands region, and British Columbia. In particular, he has long-term research relationships with Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic that span over sixteen years.

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Portrait AnneAnne Sietsma

Anne is a Project Lead at TRAC3.  His research focusses on the tracking of adaptation using machine learning methods. Such an interdisciplinary approach enables the analysis of large datasets, which he hopes will provide new insights into adaptation progress at the global level. Anne holds a joint MSc. in Sustainable Development from the Karl-Franzens Universität in Graz and the Università Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice, as well as a BSc. (Hons.) in Technology and Liberal Arts and Science from the University of Twente. Currently, he is a PhD student in Big Data and Climate Change Adaptation at the University of Leeds.

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Former Collaborators

Dr. Johann Dupuis

Public Policy & Sustainability Unit of the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) at the University of Lausanne.

Dr. Jody Heymann

Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California Los Angeles.

Stephanie Austin

Department of Geography at McGill University.

Malcolm Araos Egan

Department of Sociology at New York University.

Jolène Labbé

Department of Geography at McGill University.

Melanie Flynn

Priestley International Centre for Climate, School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds.