Professor Tschakert is trained as a human-environment geographers and conducts research at the intersection of political ecology, climate change adaptation, social-ecological resilience, environmental justice, livelihood security, and participatory action research and learning within a development context. Her work explores structural drivers of vulnerability and marginalization, anticipatory learning, flexible planning, and intangible losses in the context of climate change, mainly in Senegal and Ghana. She is Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) on Chapter 5, Sustainable Development, Poverty Eradication and Reducing Inequalities on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. Prior to that, she was CLA on Chapter 13, Livelihoods and Poverty, of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC, Working Group II, and core writing team member for the Summary for Policy Makers, WGII, and the Synthesis Report (2014).
Prof. Tschakert’s current research interests are focused on understanding social losses from climate change, through the lens of what people value in their daily lives, what they see eroded or at risk from climate change, what they consider worth protecting, and how they make difficult trade-offs between the many things they value, some of which they will be forced to let go.