07. February 2023

Prof. Dr. Lisa Schipper is new professor for Development Geography Prof. Dr. Lisa Schipper is new professor for Development Geography

Prof. Dr. Lisa Schipper is new professor for Development Geography. Former Prof. Detlef Müller-Mahn retired and is now Senior Professor at the University of Bonn.

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Prof. Dr. Lisa Schipper has been a new professor in the Geographic Development Research group since the beginning of this year. Before joining the University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Schipper was Environmental Social Science Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford.

Prof. Dr. Schipper's research focuses on the interface of climate change and development research. In particular, she explores the question of whether equitable development is possible in a changing climate. Her research includes the causes of vulnerability of people in the Global South in the context of climate change and the resulting potential challenges and adaptation strategies. The focus of her research is repeatedly on those same vulnerable groups, as well as on structural issues related to power, justice, and equity. Her regional focus is on Central and South America, East Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

In the coming years and during her time in Bonn, Prof. Dr. Schippers main focus is to unpack the question whether climate resilient development is possible for everyone. Based on this question, her research will primarily focus on Adaptation and Development, Equity and the Politics of Knowledge, and Culture and Risk.

Like many geographers, Prof. Dr. Schipper has not stayed in one place for so long. After completing her B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in Environmental Science and Development Studies at Brown University and the University of East Angelia, she worked at the University of Vienna, the Stockholm Environment Institute, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City. Among her numerous publications, her work on the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ('Climate Resilient Development Pathways') stands out. In addition, Prof. Dr. Schipper is Co-Editor of the journal Climate and Development and sits on the Editorial Board of the journals World Development Perspectives and Global Transitions - Health. She is a member of various international commissions and working groups and an advisor to a wide range of development policy organizations, such as the United Nations, Care International and the Asian Development Bank.

In the coming summer semester, Prof. Dr. Schipper will offer various courses in the Bachelor and Master program. In addition, there is the possibility to write bachelor and master theses in her research group. Interested students are invited to contact her with a first topic proposal.

If you would like to know more about Prof. Dr. Schipper's work, you can follow her on twitter: @schipper_lisa

We are happy to welcome Prof. Dr. Lisa Schipper at our department and wish her all the best for her time here in Bonn!

You can read a recent post on maladaptation by Prof. Dr. Lisa Schipper: ‘Maladapted’ OpenMind Magazine, 14 July 2022, https://www.openmindmag.org/articles/maladapted [also published at Popular Science under title ‘Why so many climate adaptation schemes fail’ 20 July 2022, https://www.popsci.com/environment/why-so-many-climate-adaptation-schemes-fail/]

You can also listen to some of the podcasts that have discussed Prof. Dr. Lisa Schipper's work:

Podcast, Ready or Not Change is Coming, Episode 1: Connecting to Climate Reality, 9 November 2022

Podcast, ClimateGenn, ‘Maladaptation: The Perils of Bad Climate Adaptation’, 4 August 2022

Podcast, ClimateOptimists, ‘Climate Adaptation: A Beginner’s Guide’, Episode 48, 26 July 2022

Podcast, Living Planet, Deutsche Welle, ‘Climate Change Fuelling Gender Inquality’, 16 June 2022

Podcast, CarbonCopy, ‘Why Maladaptation is getting so much attention’ 22 March 2022

Podcast, 30 Days of Activism, 3 March 2022, The Ecofeminist

Podcast recording from TwitterLive with Eric Holthaus, 5 March 2022

Podcast, ‘Adaptation with Lisa Schipper’, Great Adaptations series, 15 January 2022

Podcast ‘Vulnerability, Adaptation and Maladaptation to Climate Change’ IOWC Podcast, 23 July 2021

Have a Look at Prof. Dr. Lisa Schippers most recent publications (selected publications):

Martin M.A.…E.L.F. Schipper et al. (2022) ‘Ten new insights in climate science 2022’ Global Sustainability 5, e20, 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1017/sus.2022.17

Schipper, E.L.F. (2022) ‘Catching Maladaptation Before it Happens’ Nature Climate Change, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-022-01409-2

Schipper, E.L.F., Dubash, N.K., Mulugetta, Y. (2021) ‘Climate Change Research and the Search for Solutions: Rethinking Interdisciplinarity’ Climatic Change

Schipper, E.L.F. et al (2021) ‘Equity in Climate Scholarship: A Manifesto for Action’ Climate and Development, https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2021.1923308

Eriksen, S.E., Schipper, E.L.F. et al (2021) ‘Adaptation interventions and their effect on vulnerability in developing countries: Help, hindrance or irrelevance?’ World Development, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105383

Schipper, E.L.F. (2020) ‘Maladaptation: When adaptation to climate change goes very wrong’ One Earth, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2020.09.014

Schipper, E.L.F., Eriksen, S.E., Fernandez-Carril, L., Glavovic, B., Shawoo, Z., (2020) ‘Turbulent Transformation: Abrupt societal disruption and climate resilient development’ Climate and Development, https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2020.1799738

Schipper, E.L.F. et al (2020) ‘The Debate: Is Global Development Adapting to Climate Change?’ World Development Perspectives, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wdp.2020.100205

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