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Kari   Gibson

PhD Student
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
The University of Melbourne (Australia)

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  • PhD Research (2014 to now)
    Climate change and distress in Tuvalu — Melbourne University
    The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, which sits on average two metres above sea level, is frequently cast as a canary in the coal mine signifying the human costs of climate change. This project explores local narratives of climate change and experiences of climate-related stressors, coping strategies employed by people in response to climate-related stressors, and the relationship between stressors and individual distress. Recognising diversity in cultural concepts of distress globally and the dearth of investigation into distress in Tuvalu, a key aspect of the project is the exploration of individuals’ experiences and manifestations of distress. Findings further understandings of cultural idioms and manifestations of distress in Tuvalu, as well the psychosocial impacts of climate change.
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