School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia (UWA), Crawley, Australia
Petra is a geographer who obtained her PhD in Arid Lands Resource Sciences, and is now Professor of Rural Development at UWA.
Petra's main interest lies in the theoretical and empirical intersections of political ecology, environmental justice, complex systems science, and participatory research. Petra seeks to understand the strategies small-scale resource users, primarily subsistence farmers and miners, employ in adapting to environmental stresses and coping with socio-economic, political, and institutional exclusion. Her ultimate goal is to expand people’s opportunities for enhancing livelihood resilience by drawing on participatory research.
In addition to being a member of the ecoSERVICES Scientific Steering Committee, Petra was a Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 13 'Livelihoods and poverty' of Working Group II's contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and was part of the Core Writing Team of the Fifth Assessment's Synthesis Report.