Professor Karen O’Brien

  • Karen O'Brien
    Professor Karen O’Brien

Karen O’Brien is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her research has focused on climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation. She has also studied how climate change interacts with globalization processes and the implications for human security. 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, and in particular how beliefs, values and worldviews influence human responses to climate change and transformations to sustainability. She has participated in the IPCC Fourth and Fifth Assessments, as well as the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX). She has written and co-edited numerous books about global environmental change, including “A Changing Environment for Human Security” (Earthscan 2013) and “The Adaptive Challenge of Climate Change” (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She is on the Science Committee for Future Earth, the 10-year global change research initiative. She is also the co-founder of cCHANGE (www.cchange.no), an initiative that provides perspectives and tools for transformation in a changing climate.