Karen Paiva Henrique

Karen Paiva Henrique


  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Karen Paiva Henrique is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Western Australia. Her work lies at the intersection of climate adaptation, urban development, and multiple dimensions of justice. Dr Henrique’s PhD research examined the politics of flood adaptation in São Paulo, Brazil, demonstrating how state practices intertwine with exclusionary development trajectories while sketching more inclusive and sustainable approaches from below. Her current work investigates how people in Western Australian make individual and collective decisions and trade-offs to protect the many things they value against the multifaceted socio-ecological impacts of the global climate crisis.

Co-convener: Institute of Australian Geographers - Critical Development Study Group

Current projects

Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Programme: Locating loss from climate change in everyday places.  (Tschakert, P. PI, Lawrence, C., Bourgault, C., Horwitz, P., Plummer, P., Henrique, K.P.) This project examines what people in Western Australia value and how fire, drought, and flooding put these values at risk. It aims to advance theory and evidence about social losses arising from climate change by revealing how community members in rural and urban places make value trade-offs and decisions over desirable futures.

UWA Led WUN RDF: (Re)negotiating power to enhance resilience to climate change. (Tschakert, P., Parsons, M., Ziervogel, G., Atkins, E., Lonsdale, K., Aarts, H., Asiama, E. & Carr, E. CIs; Godden, N., Henrique, K.P., Atkins, E. ECRs) This project aims to provide a novel and inclusive methodology to reduce threats to humans in rural and urban settings, building on scholarship on ‘negotiating resilience in place’. Rather than expecting people to ‘be resilient’, we examine how power structures and social norms are understood, contested, and negotiated; how they facilitate or hinder resilience building; and how deliberative spaces can be leveraged so that resilience and wellbeing for all become tangible, accessible, and lasting.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography and Planning, The University of Western Australia


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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