Karen O’Brien

Karen O’Brien

Karen O’Brien is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. Her research focuses. She is interested in how transdisciplinary and integral approaches to global change research can contribute to a better understanding of how societies both create and respond to change. Her current research includes "AdaptationCONNECTS", a 5-year research project that explores the relationship between climate change adaptation and transformations to sustainability, with an emphasis on collaboration, creativity, flexibility and empowerment. She has participated in four IPCC reports and is on the Science Committee for Future Earth. She is also the co-founder of cCHANGE.no, a website that provides perspectives on transformation in a changing climate.

In her own words...

Transformation is a process. Although it manifests through changes in form, structure or meaning making, it involves much more than "change". Transformations are often related to new perspectives or ways of making sense of the world. In the context of environmental change, conscious transformations to sustainability can be seen as integrated, holistic responses that challenge the status quo. In practice, this may involve questioning assumptions about power, interests, and identities, including our own.

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