About

Contact information: carolina.adler[at]env.ethz.ch

Carolina is an Environmental Scientist and Geographer by training, with a career spanning both research and practice in the public and private sectors, combining interdisciplinary skills in both social and natural sciences to address problems at the science-policy interface. She obtained her PhD at Monash University (Australia), focusing on climate impacts, values, vulnerability, and adaptation using policy sciences. The relevance and significance of that work to policy applications was acknowledged by an invitation to join the Society for Policy Scientists, later joining its Executive Council in late 2016. Furthermore, she was awarded with the 2010 Harold D. Lasswell Prize for best dissertation in the field of public policy.

She is currently based in Zurich, Switzerland, working at ETH Zurich with a joint affiliation as Research Fellow and Lecturer with the Environmental Philosophy Group and the Transdisciplinarity Lab (TdLab). At ETH, she also serves as Co-ordinator for ETH’s “Science Meets Practice” Winter School, helping to design, deliver and facilitate capacity-building training for PhDs who seek to better engage and collaborate with practitioners through their scientific work. Her current research collaborations and consulting activities address climate change adaptation, vulnerability and resilience, the use of evidence in policy, and co-production of knowledge with society. Other interests include the role of public opinion in shaping policy processes, adaptive governance, decision-making under uncertainty, systemic reviews, assessments and evaluations, and inter- transdisciplinary collaborations.

In addition to her current research work at ETH Zurich, Carolina was recently appointed as the new Executive Director for the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), a multidisciplinary scientific organization that addresses global change issues in mountain regions around the world. Carolina will take up her new post in May 2017.

Relevant recent publications (please contact Carolina for a full list)

  • Sword-Daniels, V., Eriksen, C., Hudson-Doyle, E., Alaniz, R., Adler, C., Schenk, T., & Vallance, S. (2016). Embodied uncertainty: living with complexity and natural hazards. Journal of Risk Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2016.1200659;
  • Adler, C.E., Aldunce, P., Indvik, K., Bórquez, R., Galaz, V. (2015). “Resilience”. In K. Bäckstrand & E. Lövbrand (eds.) Research Handbook on Climate Governance. Edward Elgar;
  • WSS Fellows on RIA (2014). Reporting on the Seminar – Risk Interpretation and Action (RIA): Decision Making Under Conditions of Uncertainty. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, 18(1), pp. 27-37;
  • Adler, C.E., & Hirsch Hadorn, G. (2014). The IPCC and treatment of uncertainties: topics and sources of dissensus. WIREs Climate Change, 5(5): 663–676;
  • Lynch, A.H., Adler, C.E. & Howard, N.C. (2014). Policy Diffusion in Arid Basin Water Management: A Q-method Approach. Regional Environmental Change, 14(4): 1601–1613;
  • Adler, C.E. & Lynch, A.H. (2013). Uncovering the Essence of the Sustainable Adaptation Agenda: The Policy Sciences as a Problem-Oriented Approach. In: K. O’Brien, L. Sygna & J. Wolf (eds.) A Changing Environment for Human Security: Transformative Approaches to Research, Policy, and Action. IHDP Global Environmental Change and Human Security Project. Routledge;
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