Karen E McNamara

Senior lecturer, The University of Queensland

Karen has a Bachelor of Environmental Science and a PhD in Human Geography from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Prior to coming to the University of Queensland, Karen held posts at UNSW, James Cook University and the University of the South Pacific. Karen undertakes research on broad issues relating to sustainable livelihoods, most notably community-based adaptation to climate change, environmentally-induced population relocations and disaster risk management - largely in the Asia-Pacific region.


  • 2013–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Queensland
  • 2011–2013
    Consultant, University of the South Pacific
  • 2007–2011
    Research Fellow, James Cook University
  • 2007–2007
    M&E Officer, NSW Government
  • 2006–2006
    Associate Lecturer, University of New South Wales


  • 2006 
    University of New South Wales, PhD (Geography)
  • 2001 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons I)