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Dunja Krause

Associate Expert

Dunja Krause joined UNRISD in October 2014 to support the Sustainable Development Programme.
During her studies of Geography, Political Sciences and Soil Sciences at the University of Bonn, Germany, Dunja has focused on risk and vulnerability research in the context of natural hazards, climate change and sustainable development. In her Diploma thesis, she analyzed the potential of linking disaster management and climate change adaptation at the local level, based on a case study in marginalized areas in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Prior to joining UNRISD, she held a Doctoral Fellowship of the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) to pursue a PhD within the WISDOM project which has established a water-related information system for the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta. Her PhD research focuses on the evaluation of climate change adaptation options in urban areas of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. Using a mixed-method approach that is grounded in action theory, she assesses criteria that determine people’s preferences for or against specific flood adaptation strategies in order to improve the understanding of adaptation decision-making and pinpoint mismatches and drawbacks that hinder sustainable development.

Her research interests include social vulnerabilities in relation to natural hazards and risks, metrics of risk, and climate change adaptation, the latter in particular with regard to the evaluation of competing approaches.

Dunja’s position at UNRISD is funded by the German Government through the Associate Expert Programme.

Selected Publications:
  • Welle, Torsten, Birkmann, Joern, Krause, Dunja, Suarez, Dora-Catalina, Setiadi, Neysa Jacqueline, and Jan Wolfertz. 2013. “The WorldRiskIndex: A concept for the assessment of risk and vulnerability at global/national scales.” In Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards. Towards Disaster Resilient Societies, 2nd edition, edited by Joern Birkmann, 219-250. Tokyo, New York, Paris: UNU Press.
  • Krause, Dunja, and Joern Birkmann. 2011. Refining the Agenda? Humanitarian Assistance in Times of Climate Change. DKKV Publication Series, 44. Bonn. http://www.ehs.unu.edu/file/get/10773.pdf
  • Birkmann, Joern, Welle, Torsten, Krause, Dunja, Wolfertz, Jan, Suarez, Dora-Catalina, and Neysa Jacqueline Setiadi. 2011. “WorldRiskIndex: Concept and results.” In WorldRiskReport 2011. Focus: Governance and civil society, edited by Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft, 13-41. Berlin. http://www.ehs.unu.edu/file/get/9018