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Annah Piggott-McKellar

Research Fellow, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology

Annah is a human geographer. Her research interests center on human-environment interactions, specifically how populations are impacted by, and adapting to a changing climate. Annah has experience working on projects in the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, and Maldives on a range of topics spanning climate change adaptation, planned relocation, sustainable livelihoods, immobility, and tourism.

Currently Annah is a Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology. Her role is with the Stakeholder and Traditional Owner Engagement Subprogram of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP). In this role she engages different stakeholders, community groups and interests in the co-design, deployment and evaluation of various adaptation, and restoration interventions and technologies proposed for the Great Barrier Reef.


  • 2021–present
    Research fellow, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2020–2021
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2016–2019
    Academic tutor, University of Queensland
  • 2014–2015
    GIS technician, QPWS


  • 2020 
    University of Queensland, PhD
  • 2015 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Environmental Management (Hons First Class)


  • 2020
    An assessment of community-based adaptation initiatives in the Pacific Islands, Nature Climate Change
  • 2020
    Who defines ‘good’ climate change adaptation and why it matters: a case study from Abaiang Island, Kiribati, Regional Environmental Change
  • 2020
    Dam(n) seawalls: a case of maladaptation in Fiji, Managing Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Region
  • 2019
    Moving People in a Changing Climate: Lessons from two case studies in Fiji, Social Sciences
  • 2017
    Last chance tourism and the Great Barrier Reef, Journal of Sustainable Tourism

Research Areas

  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Social And Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Environmental Management (050205)