Dr Tristan Pearce - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Tristan Pearce

Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr Tristan Pearce is the Associate Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair with the Department of Global and International Studies, University of Northern British Columbia. Tristan holds Adjunct Faculty positions with the Department of Geography, University of Guelph (2012 to present) and the School of Environmental Studies, Queens University (2018 to present). Tristan’s work focuses on human adaptation to global environment change. His current research program centres on the Arctic and the effects of climate change for the local Indigenous people - the Inuit - and their communities. The goal of this research is to develop a dynamic understanding of the processes and conditions affecting community vulnerability, resilience and adaptation to climate change.


PhD (Geography), University of Guelph; Master of Arts, University of Guelph, Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) (Honours), University of Northern British Columbia.

Teaching areas
  • Sustainability problem solving
  • Arctic and Inuit studies
  • Fiji environmental change
  • Tourism and the environment
  • Global environmental change
Research areas
  • Climate change vulnerability and adaptation
  • Traditional knowledge systems;
  • Cumulative impacts of resource development
  • Australian Government Research Fellowship
  • Vanier Doctoral Scholarship
Key Research Publications

Ford, J, Clarke, D, Pearce, T, Berrang-Ford, L, Copland, L, Dawson, J, Mark, N & Harper, S 2019, ‘Changing access to ice, land, and water in Arctic communities’, Nature Climate Change.

Currenti, R, Pearce, T, Salabogi, T, Salabogi, K, Vuli, L, Doran, B, Kitson, R, Ford, J & Sidle, R 2019, ‘Adaptation to climate change in an interior Pacific Island village: a case study of Nawairuku, Ra, Fiji’, Human Ecology, vol. 47(1), pp. 65-80.

Pearce, T, Rodríguez, E, Fawcett, D & Ford J 2018, ‘How is Australia Adapting to Climate Change Based on a Systematic Review?’, Sustainability.

Pearce, T, Currenti, R, Mateiwai, A & Doran, B 2018, ‘Adaptation to climate change and freshwater resources in Vusama Village, Viti Levu, Fiji’, Regional Environmental Change, vol. 18(2), pp. 501-510.

Pearce, T 2018, ‘Incorporating Indigenous knowledge in research’ in R McLeman & F Gemenne (eds) Routledge Handbook on Environmental Displacement and Migration, Routlege, 11p.

Ford, J, Pearce, T, McDowell, G, Berrang-Ford, L, Sayles, J & Belfer E 2018, ‘Vulnerability and its discontents: evaluating 25 years of climate change vulnerability research’, Climatic Change.

Contact Dr Tristan Pearce via email SoSSAdmin@usc.edu.au.