Dr Karen McNamara

Senior Lecturer

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
karen.mcnamara@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56069

Overview

Karen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Queensland (UQ). As a development geographer, Karen undertakes research into the impacts of, and responses to, environmental change on people’s livelihoods, particularly in the Pacific Islands region and parts of Asia. Karen has been undertaking research in this area for over fifteen years, partnering with numerous governments, and inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Currently, Karen is lead Chief Investigator on the ARC Linkage project ‘Optimising community-based climate change adaptation in the Pacific Islands’, and Chief Investigator on National Geographic project ‘Navigating rising seas: a comparative study of relocation in Fiji, the Maldives and Tuvalu’. She has undertaken a number of research projects for the Australian Government, European Union, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and others. She currently supervises 10 PhD students, and is a member of the United Nations University’s ‘Resilience Academy’, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk’s ‘Young Scientists Programme’, and an Associate with the Queensland Centre for Population Research (UQ). Karen serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, and Urban Island Studies.

Prior to taking up her position at UQ, Karen was a Research Consultant at the University of the South Pacific based in Fiji (2011-2012). From 2008-2011, Karen was based in Cairns at James Cook University managing major research projects in the Wet Tropics rainforest and Torres Strait for the Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility and National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. Prior to this, Karen worked for the NSW Government (2007) and in various roles at the University of New South Wales (2002-2006).

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science, University of New South Wales

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • McNamara, Karen E. and Olson, Laura L. (2014). Exploring the intersections of disaster, climate change and greater migration into Asia’s urban centres. In: Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice. International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice, New York, NY, United States, (). 17-18 September 2014.

  • McNamara, Karen Elizabeth and Olson, Laura L. (2014). Moving towards risk? Intersections of disaster and mobility. In: Marc Stal, Daniel Sigrist and Walter Ammann, IDRC Davos 2014: Extended Abstracts: Oral presentations, special panels, sessions and workshops. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management: the role of science, technology and practice, Davos, Switzerland, (468-471). 24-28 August 2014.

  • Prasad, Shirleen and McNamara, Karen E. (2013). Valuing Indigenous ways of knowing for disaster risk management in the Pacific. In: 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress, Suva, Fiji, (). 8-12 July 2013.

  • McNamara, Karen E. and Prideaux, Bruce (2010). Challenges faced by Tuvalu’s tourism industry. In: CAUTHE 2010 : tourism and hospitality : challenge the limits : official conference proceedings. 20th Annual Conference of Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education: challenge the limits, Hobart, TAS Australia, (). 8th-11th February 2010.

  • McNamara, Karen and Prideaux, Bruce (2009). Exploring the motivations and behaviours of solo women travellers in Tropical North Queensland. In: Jack Carlsen, Michael Hughes, Kirsten Holmes and Roy Jones, CAUTHE 2009 : See Change : Tourism & Hospitality in a Dynamic World. CAUTHE 2009, Fremantle, Western Australia, (513-532). 10 – 13 February, 2009.

  • Prideaux, Bruce, McNamara, Karen E. and Blakeney, Kayla (2009). Shopping for solutions – the way forward for Norfolk Island’s shopping sector. In: Proceedings of 15th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference. 15th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Conference (APTA 2009), Inchon, South Korea, (). 9-12 July 2009.

  • McNamara, Karen E., Coghlan, Ali and Prideaux, Bruce (2008). The non nature-based tourists in the tropical north. In: Proceedings of 14th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference. 14th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference (APTA 2008), Bangkok, Thailand, (264-270). 9-12 July 2008.

  • McNamara, Karen and Prideaux, Bruce (2008). The who, how and what of rainforest tourism in Australia’s World Heritage Wet Tropics. In: Proceedings of 14th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference. 14th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference (APTA 2008), Bangkok, Thailand, (781-788). 9-12 July 2008.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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