Researcher biography

Chris McEwan is a research assistant at the Centre for Policy Futures. He is presently involved in research focussing on the policy and economic dimensions of climate change in Australia. More specifically, his most recent work has been investigating the relationship between climate change and bushfire risk, especially as it relates to insurance in Australia.

Chris’s background is in International Relations and he recently completed a Master of International Relations at the University of Queensland. His research interests lie at the intersection of geography, history, and politics, with a focus on the role of geographical factors in shaping historical and contemporary processes. His previous research in this space explored the effect of Asian maritime geography on historical and contemporary strategic relations.

In addition to this research, Chris is a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland within the the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences. His project focuses on the diverse ways in which climate change has impacted on humans through history. The project integrates both historical and scientific accounts of climate change in order to develop our understanding of the historical process. Overall, the research focusses on responding to the following three questions:

  1. How have historical societies attempted to adapt to or mitigate the effects of climate change?
  2. How have these effects or attempts to mitigate and adapt, changed or altered historical societies?
  3. Are there consistent political and social themes which are observed in societies exposed to the stressors of climate change?

Specifically these questions will be investigated across four themes in history, these are: conflict, migration, political order and commerce.