Pia Treichel

Coordinator - Climate Transformations Research Cluster


Pia is the coordinator of the Climate Transformations research cluster and a PhD candidate in the Climate and Energy College. After finishing her Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne, Pia has spent the past ten years working as a climate specialist, mainly in the international development sector. From 2013 to early 2018, Pia worked for Plan International Australia, an aid agency focused on child-rights, where she worked on child-centred climate change adaptation.

Before joining Plan, Pia spent five years working for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on international climate change policy in both Bangkok and New York. Prior to her work with UNDP, Pia was based in Melbourne with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, on the Cities for Climate Protection Program. Pia has experience in designing, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating climate change projects; climate change policy at both the international level and national level – particularly in developing countries; and knowledge management, communication and training on climate change.

Recent Publications:

Chong, J., Treichel, P., & Gero, A. (2017) 'Evaluating Climate Change Adaptation in Practice: A Child-Centred, Community-Based Project in the Philippines' In: Uitto, J., Puri, J., van den Berg, R. (eds) Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development. Springer, Cham.

Thomsen, D. C., Keys, N., Treichel, P., Connor, S., Bygrave, S., & Smith, T. (2016) Climate adaptation: lessons from NGOs, Turning challenges into successes and sharing lessons. National Adaptation Network: Social, Economic and Institutional Dimensions Briefing document. Gold Coast, Australia, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility: 6.

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