Graham McDowell

PhD Student, Vanier Scholar, Liu Scholar, Public Scholar

Research Interests


Biography: I specialize in understanding lived experiences of climate change in high mountain communities, with a focus on identifying the determinants and consequences of adaptation to changes in glacial hydrology. My work bridges theoretical insights from human dimensions of climate change research, socio-ecological systems analysis, and earth systems science, but is rooted in field research with communities at the frontlines of climate change. I have led projects in the Nepal Himalaya, Peruvian Andes, Rocky Mountains, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic as well as numerous global-scale assessments of climate change vulnerability and adaptation in cold regions. I am active in publishing and presenting my scholarly contributions and am committed to the mobilization of scientific knowledge, including through my work as a Contributing Author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I am currently a PhD student, Vanier Scholar, Liu Scholar, and Public Scholar at the University of British Columbia, where I am affiliated with the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. I hold an MSc (Distinction) from the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons 1st class) from McGill University.

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