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Elissa Waters

Elissa is a researcher and PhD candidate in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. Her work focuses on the social and institutional dimensions of climate change and disaster governance in Australia and the Pacific. Elissa has also worked as a researcher for State and Federal governments developing policy on climate change adaptation, natural resource management, and international development.


  • Waters, E., & Barnett, J. (2017). Spatial imaginaries of adaptation governance: A public perspective. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 2399654417719557.
  • Waters, E., Barnett, J., & Puleston, A. (2014). Contrasting perspectives on barriers to adaptation in Australian climate change policy. Climatic change, 124(4), 691-702.
  • Barnett, J., & Waters, E. (2016). Rethinking the vulnerability of small island states: climate change and development in the Pacific Islands. In The Palgrave Handbook of International Development (pp. 731-748). Palgrave Macmillan, London.