Patrick Nunn

Patrick Nunn received his PhD from the University of London and then spent 25 years teaching and researching at the international University of the South Pacific, based at its main campus in Suva, Fiji, where he was eventually appointed to a personal chair (Professor of Oceanic Geoscience) in 1996.  He moved to Australia in November 2010 to work at the University of New England before being appointed in March 2014 to a research professorship in the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Patrick Nunn has been involved in climate-change science since 1986 when he attended the first-ever meeting of Pacific Island states to discuss the implications of climate change for livelihoods in that region.  Since then he has been involved with the IPCC in many roles, including for AR5 (Assessment Report 5) in Working Group 1 as a Lead Author on the chapter on “Sea Level Change” which was published in January 2014.  He has more than 220 peer-reviewed publications to his credit, including several books, from “Oceanic Islands” (Blackwell, 1994), through “Environmental Change in the Pacific Basin” (Wiley, 1999) and “Climate, Environment and Society in the Pacific during the Last Millennium” (Elsevier, 2007), to the more-popular “Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific” (University of Hawai’i Press, 2009), which was named by the American Library Association as one of the (21) Best of the Best from the University Pressesin that year.

His current research interests focus on identifying and bridging the gap between science and decision-making for effective and sustainable adaptation to climate change, particularly in poorer countries.  He is particularly interested in understanding the nature and the process of effective intervention in decision-making in rural/peripheral communities in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Company:University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Short Bio:Research Professor
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