Dr Liese Coulter

Dr Liese Coulter


Based in British Columbia, Canada, Liese Coulter is a Visiting Researcher at the Sustainability Research Institute in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on methods to develop climate risk storylines, the intersections of climate knowledge, narrative communication and future thinking, and communicating information to support adaptation. During her 2018-19 Mitacs Science Policy Fellow with the Ministry of Agriculture in Brish Columbia, Liese developed a framework and user guide for Climate Change Adaptation Pathwayswritten to help communities and agricultural producers develop shared adaptation goals and objectives with a focus on sustainable local food. She was a contributing editor for Communicating Climate Change Information for Decision-Making, published by Springer. Liese’s perspective on adaptation to extreme weather events is shaped by volunteer experience with the Australian Red Cross, managing evacuation centres in Queensland and The Northern Territory in times of flood and fire.


  • Researcher for Horizon 2020 project RECEIPT
  • (REmote Climate Effects and their Impact on European sustainability, Policy and Trade)

Research interests

My current work contributes to the Horizon 2020 project: RECEIPT (REmote Climate Effects and their Impact on European sustainability, Policy and Trade). My approach is informed by PhD research at Griffith University in Australia which considerered how climate professionals plan to adapt to climate change in their own family and social circles over the next twenty years. The research showed that narratives of professional distance could be a barrier to personally applying knowledge of climate risks, especially where personal vulnerability was seen as low, and social agency judged to be high. This built on my experience in science policy with the Government of British Columbia and managing climate adaptation research communication in Australia at CSIRO and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF). I welcome collaborations on narrative approaches to knowledge production, future-thinking in decision making, climate knowledge adoption, and positive framing for adaptation.

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  • PhD, Future Climate Narratives, Griffith University
  • MScCommunication, Australia National University
  • BAppSc-EnvDesign, Canberra University

Student education

At Griffith University in Australia, I convenened the undergraduate course 1051SCG Science Revealed: Science, Technology and Society.

Research groups and institutes

  • Climate Change Adaptation, Vulnerability and Services
  • Sustainability Research Institute
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Sustainability