Biography

Karen O’Brien
Climate scientist and professor of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway. Karen has participated in four reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and has pioneered truly integral approaches, seeing the climate crisis as a “crisis of relationship.”
photo of Karen O'Brien
Personal Website: https://www.sv.uio.no/iss/english/people/aca/karenob/
Organization Website: https://cchange.no/

Karen O’Brien is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway. She is also co-founder of cCHANGE, an initiative that supports transformation in a changing climate. With 30 years of experience in climate change research, Karen’s work uses an integral approach to explore and promote deliberate transformations to sustainability. Her current research emphasizes the role of creativity, collaboration, empowerment, and narratives in adaptation and transformation processes, including the role of paradigms in generating conscious social change. 

Karen has participated in four reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and as part of the IPCC was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. She has published and co-edited numerous books, including “Climate Change, Ethics and Human Security,” and “The Adaptive Challenge of Climate Change.”  “Globalization and Environmental Change: Double Exposures,” co-authored with Robin Leichenko, received the 2008 AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography. She received the AAG Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group Research Excellence Award in 2019. Her most recent book, with Robin Leichenko, is “Climate and Society: Transforming the Future.”

 

Links

Karen’s recent book, Climate and Society: Transforming the Future: http://politybooks.com/climate-and-society-transforming-the-future/