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Karen Paiva Henrique is a PhD Candidate in Geography and Planning at the University of Western Australia. Her work lies at the intersection of climate change adaptation, sustainable urban development, and social justice. Focusing on the city of São Paulo, Brazil, her current research examines how flood adaptation is conceived, implemented and contested by multiple stakeholders in a context of uneven power relations. Karen holds a Master’s in Architecture (Pennsylvania State University); a Postgraduate Certificate in Urban Studies (Bauhaus Foundation); and a Bachelor’s in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul).

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University


Postgraduate Certificate in Urban Studies, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation


Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul


External positions

Research and teaching assistant (Department of Geography), Pennsylvania State University

Aug 2014Aug 2015

Research and teaching assistant (Department of Architecture), Pennsylvania State University

Aug 2011Jul 2014

Research associate, Laboratory for Simulation and Modelling in Architecture and Urbanism (SimmLab)

Oct 2010Jun 2011

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Research Output 2013 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
natural disaster
environmental policy
everyday life
natural disaster
media role
1 Citation (Scopus)

Affective dimensions of teaching and doing development

Tschakert, P., Henrique, K. P., Bitmead, R., Dassu, F., Crowther, M., Yukhnevich, Z., Anderson, C. D., Roddy, A., Bye, V., Rawlinson, A., O’Hara, N., Mottershead, A., Obeng, J. & Gerard, K., 8 Aug 2018, In : Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 59, 2, p. 186–200

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social change

Global Urban Politics: Informalization of the State

Henrique, K. P., 2018, In : Urban Policy & Research. 36, 1, p. 115-117 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Landscapes of dispossession: Examining adaptation and the persistent exclusion of the urban poor

Henrique, K. P., 2018, The Environmental Justice Collection 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access