Olivia Dun is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia. She is a human geographer with a background in environmental science, migration studies and international development. Olivia researches social aspects of environmental issues, particularly at the household scale. Her primary interests lie in the linkages between environmental change, natural hazards, and human migration/displacement as well as how social and cultural relationships with nature can shape and influence the environment and agriculture. Her PhD (awarded in 2014) focused on the relationship between environmental/agricultural change and human migration in coastal areas of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
She is currently conducting research about ethnically diverse perspectives on the Australian environment. This includes conducting research with Pacific Island Seasonal workers, migrants and refugees from farming backgrounds who are engaged in horticulture in Australia. Between 2012 and 2016 Olivia worked on research projects examining human responses to floods and bushfires when working for the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Olivia has over four years of field-based experience conducting research in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands region. Additionally, she has a further six years of professional experience working on migration and refugees issues in policy contexts through her former employment with the Australian High Commissions in Ottawa, Canada and London, United Kingdom; the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn, Germany; and, the (formerly-named) Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs in Canberra, Australia.
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