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 Colette Mortreux

Colette Mortreux

Associate Research Fellow


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 Amory C255


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


Colette is an early career human geographer researching climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Her work explores the ways in which attitudes to climate risk and adaptation decisions are embedded in people’s daily lives, shaped by their circumstances, their experiences and values.

She joined Exeter’s Geography Department in 2015 after completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis examined the role of adaptive capacity measures in explaining adaptation to climate change, using a case study of household responses to bushfire risk in Australia. Previous work has included research on the social implications of sea level rise planning, the effectiveness of Victoria’s bushfire warnings system, and migration intentions and climate change attitudes in Tuvalu.

Colette’s research at the University of Exeter focuses on migration and resettlement in deltaic environments. As part of the DECCMA project she is involved in community engagement and assessing the political economy of resettlement of delta communities in Ghana, Bangladesh and India.

Colette is a lead author on an article in Global Environmental Change, has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles, and a book chapter on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation published by Cambridge University Press.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Migration under environmental change
  • Household practices, risk attitudes and values


PhD Geography, University of Melbourne



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