Bio (Johanna Wolf)

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Johanna Wolf

Johanna Wolf


Associate Faculty


School of Environment and Sustainability, School of Humanitarian Studies


Johanna Wolf is an environmental social scientist with interdisciplinary training at the intersection of human geography and environmental studies. She is interested in how individuals and societies understand and respond to environmental change. Her research examines the human dimensions of climate change, vulnerability and adaptation. She contributes to literature on adaptation to climate change, environmental risk perception, environmental policy and environmental citizenship. Prior to coming to Royal Roads, Wolf was a post-doctoral fellow at the Labrador Institute of Memorial University (Goose Bay, Labrador), senior science coordinator of the Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) project (University of Oslo), and senior research associate at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (University of East Anglia, UK). Wolf lives in Victoria with her husband and two daughters and together they spend as much time outside as possible.


Wolf's interest in global environmental change began as an intern and later consultant with the UNFCCC secretariat (Bonn, Germany). She has since consulted for the science communication NGO SciDev.Net (London, UK), and ActionAid International. Wolf has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Memorial and Royal Roads on global environmental change, sustainability, and environmental management. In the Climate Action Leadership program, Wolf teaches climate risk management.


Wolf earned her BSc in Environmental  Science from Royal Roads University, and her MSc and PhD in International Development from the University of East Anglia, UK. Her award-winning research has been published in leading international journals, including Global Environmental Change, Climatic Change, Environmental Politics, and Environment and Planning A. In 2013, she co-edited a volume titled A Changing Environment for Human Security: Transformative Approaches to Research, Policy and Action, published by Routledge.

Selected Publications

Wolf, J., Allice, I., Bell, T. (2015) Values and traditional practices in adaptation to climate change – Evidence from a Q method study in Labrador. In O’Brien, K. and Selboe, E. (eds.) The Adaptive Challenge of Climate Change. Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Press, 171-193.

Goldhar, C., Bell, T., Wolf, J. (2014) Vulnerability to freshwater changes in the Inuit Settlement Region of Nunatsiavut, Labrador: A case study from Rigolet. Arctic 67(1): 57-70.

Klein, R.J.T., Midgley, G., Preston, B., Alam, M., Berkhout, F.G.H., Dow, K., Shaw, R.  [Wolf, J., contributing author] (2014) Adaptation Opportunities, Constraints, and Limits. In: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Geneva, UNEP and WMO.

Jones, R.N., Patwardhan, A., Cohen, S., Dessai, S., Lammel, A., Lembert, R., Mirza, M.M.Q., von Storch, H. [Wolf, J., contributing author] (2014) Foundations for Decision Making. In: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Working Group II Contrbution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Geneva, UNEP and WMO.

Sygna, L., O’Brien, K., Wolf, J. (eds.) (2013) A Changing Environment for Human Security: Transformative Approaches to Research, Policy and Action. London: Earthscan.

Wolf, J., Allice, I., Bell, T. (2013) Values, climate change, and implications for adaptation: Evidence from Labrador, Canada. Global Environmental Change 23: 548-562.

Goldhar, C., Bell, T., Wolf, J. (2013) Rethinking existing approaches to water security in remote communities: An analysis of two drinking water systems in Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada. Water Alternatives, 6:462-486.

Wolf, J., Moser, S.C. (2011) Individual understandings, perception and engagement with climate change – Insights from in-depth studies around the world. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change 2(4): 547–569.

Wolf, J. (2011) Climate change adaptation as a social process In: Ford, J. and Berrang Ford, L. (eds.) Climate Change Adaptation in Developed Nations. New York, Springer, pp. 21-32.

Wolf, J., Adger, W.N., Lorenzoni, I. (2010) Heat waves and cold spells in the UK: an analysis of policies and perceptions with reference to the elderly. Environment and Planning A 42(11): 2721-2734.

Wolf, J., Adger, W.N., Lorenzoni, I., Abrahamson, V., Raine, R. (2010) Social capital, individual responses to heat waves and climate change adaptation: An empirical study of two UK cities. Global Environmental Change 20(1): 44-52.

O’Brien, K. and Wolf, J. (2010) A values-based approach to vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change 1(2): 232-242.

Wolf, J. (2010) Ecological citizenship as public engagement with climate change In: Whitmarsh, L., O’Neill, S.J., and Lorenzoni, I. Public Engagement with Climate Change – Behaviour Change and Communication. Earthscan, London, pp. 120-137.

Westerhoff, L., Keskitalo, E.C.H., Mackay, H., Wolf, J., Ellison, D., Botetzagias, I. and Reysset, B. (2010) Planned adaptation measures in industrialised countries: a comparison of select countries within and outside the EU In: Keskitalo, E.C.H. (ed.) The Development of Adaptation Policy and Practice in Europe: Multi-Level Governance of Climate Change. Berlin, Springer, p. 271-338.

Adger, W.N., Dessai, S., Goulden, M., Hulme, M., Lorenzoni, I., Nelson, D., Naess, L.-O., Wolf, J., Wreford, A. (2009) Are there social limits to adaptation to climate change? Climatic Change 93(3): 335-354. (order of authors alphabetical)

Abrahamson, V., Wolf, J., Lorenzoni, I., Fenn, B., Kovats, R.S., Wilkinson, P., Raine, R. (2009) Perceptions of heatwave risks to health: interview-based study of older people in London and Norwich, UK. Journal of Public Health 31(1): 119-126.

Wolf, J., Lorenzoni, I. and Few, R., Abrahamson, V., Raine, R. (2009) Conceptual and practical barriers to adaptation: an interdisciplinary analysis of vulnerability and adaptation to heat waves in the UK In: Adger, W.N., Lorenzoni, I., O’Brien, K. (eds.) Adapting to Climate Change: Governance, Values and Limits. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 181-196.

Wolf, J., Brown, K., Conway, D. (2009) Ecological citizenship and climate change: perceptions and practice. Environmental Politics 18(4): 503-521.

Klein, R.J.T., Huq, S., Denton, F., Downing, T.E., Richels, R.G., Robinson, J.B., Toth, F.L. [Wolf, J., contributing author] (2007) Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation. In: M.L. Parry, O.F. Canziani, J.P. Palutikof, P.J. van der Linden and C.E. Hanson (Eds.) Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Press, 745-777.