Dr Sophie Webber

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney


Research interests

Sophie is a human geographer, who conducts research about the political economies of climate change and international development assistance, principally in South East Asia and the Pacific region. In particular, Sophie studies how 'truth' (knowledge claims and expertise), 'capital' (financial flows and investments), and policy packages structure relations between the minority and majority worlds. Methodologically, this research requires relational fieldwork, examining how climatological and developmental crises and problems are interpreted, storied, and managed, both by local and governmental authorities, as well as by distant international experts such as the World Bank.

Within this broad interest, Sophie is currently working on three related projects. The first is an ongoing engagement with the roll-out of climate change adaptation programming in Pacific Islands, and by international development experts. Building on this research, Sophie is currently examining efforts by climate scientists and development experts to create bundles of useful climate science, called 'climate services', and the commercialization that this entails. The second concerns the rise of evidence-based policy-making, including the proliferation of randomized control trials to assess development interventions. The third project is a collaborative investigation of the growth of urban resilience frameworks, associated financial tools, and their attempted implementation in Jakarta.

Teaching and supervision

GEOS1002 Introduction to Geography

GEOS2121 Environmental and Natural Resource Management

GEOS3520 Urban Citizenship and Sustainabiltiy

Selected grants

2017

  • Faculty Research Support; Webber S; Faculty of Science/Faculty Support Package.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Webber, S. (2017). Circulating climate services: Commercializing science for climate change adaptation in Pacific Islands. Geoforum, 85, 82-91. [More Information]
  • Webber, S., Donner, S. (2017). Climate service warnings: cautions about commercializing climate science for adaptation in the developing world. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 8(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Webber, S. (2016). Climate Change Adaptation as a Growing Development Priority: Towards Critical Adaptation Scholarship. Geography Compass, 10(10), 401-413. [More Information]
  • Donner, S., Kandlikar, M., Webber, S. (2016). Measuring and tracking the flow of climate change adaptation aid to the developing world. Environmental Research Letters, 11(5), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Webber, S. (2015). Mobile Adaptation and Sticky Experiments: Circulating Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Climate Change Adaptation. Geographical Research, 53(1), 26-38. [More Information]
  • Webber, S. (2015). Randomising Development: Geography, Economics and the Search for Scientific Rigour. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 106(1), 36-52. [More Information]
  • Donner, S., Webber, S. (2014). Obstacles to climate change adaptation decisions: A case study of sea-level rise and coastal protection measures in Kiribati. Sustainability Science, 9(3), 331-345. [More Information]
  • Webber, S. (2013). Performative vulnerability: Climate change adaptation policies and financing in Kiribati. Environment and Planning A, 45(11), 2717-2733. [More Information]

2017

  • Webber, S. (2017). Circulating climate services: Commercializing science for climate change adaptation in Pacific Islands. Geoforum, 85, 82-91. [More Information]
  • Webber, S., Donner, S. (2017). Climate service warnings: cautions about commercializing climate science for adaptation in the developing world. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 8(1), 1-8. [More Information]

2016

  • Webber, S. (2016). Climate Change Adaptation as a Growing Development Priority: Towards Critical Adaptation Scholarship. Geography Compass, 10(10), 401-413. [More Information]
  • Donner, S., Kandlikar, M., Webber, S. (2016). Measuring and tracking the flow of climate change adaptation aid to the developing world. Environmental Research Letters, 11(5), 1-9. [More Information]

2015

  • Webber, S. (2015). Mobile Adaptation and Sticky Experiments: Circulating Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Climate Change Adaptation. Geographical Research, 53(1), 26-38. [More Information]
  • Webber, S. (2015). Randomising Development: Geography, Economics and the Search for Scientific Rigour. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 106(1), 36-52. [More Information]

2014

  • Donner, S., Webber, S. (2014). Obstacles to climate change adaptation decisions: A case study of sea-level rise and coastal protection measures in Kiribati. Sustainability Science, 9(3), 331-345. [More Information]

2013

  • Webber, S. (2013). Performative vulnerability: Climate change adaptation policies and financing in Kiribati. Environment and Planning A, 45(11), 2717-2733. [More Information]

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