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Associate Professor of Human Geography, University of Tasmania

Kate Booth is Associate Professor of Human Geography in the School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences. Her work addresses socio-ecological inequity in the context of rapid and unprecedented global change.

She leads a strategic insurance research program, investigating on the intersections of geography, insurance and society. This program is the only program of its kind in Australia. Kate’s research has established her as a world leader in insurance in a changing climate. She is instrumental in defining the field of critical insurance studies.

Kate also leads the University of Tasmania’s postgraduate planning program and the professionally accredited Master of Planning. She co-ordinates the Master’s thesis stream, and teaches regional and urban planning. Her teaching addresses rising inequity and the escalating economic and social impacts and risks of unmitigated climate change.


  • 2023–present
    Associate professor, University of Tasmania
  • 2018–2022
    Senior lecturer, University of Tasmania
  • 2016–2017
    Lecturer, University of Tasmania


  • 2010 
    University of Tasmania, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    When Disaster Strikes: Geographies of under-insurance
    Lead Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Planning Institute of Australia
  • Institute of Australian Geographers