DR Olivia Dun

DR Olivia Dun


  • Environmental change and migration
  • Human Geography
  • Migration
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development



  • I am a human geographer with a background in environmental science, migration studies and international development currently working as an Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Geography, University of Melbourne. I research social aspects of environmental issues, particularly at the household scale. My primary interests lie in the linkages between environmental change, natural hazards, and human migration/displacement as well as how social and cultural relationships with nature can shape and influence environmental protection and agriculture. I am currently conducting research about ethnically diverse perspectives on the Australian environment, focusing on rural Victoria. 

    Between 2012 and early 2016 I worked in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong (UOW), where I am currently an Honorary Associate Fellow. There I worked on a range of research projects including 'PetaJakarta’ which is assessing the role of social media for civic co-management during monsoon flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia, ‘Mangrove Blue Carbon Futures’ which is exploring opportunities for carbon sequestration in mangrove ecosystems in Oceania, Asia and South America; and ‘Coexisting with fire: managing risk and amenity at the rural/urban interface’ which examined bushfire risk and amenity values of residents living in New South Wales. With a view to understanding how coastal populations are impacted by and respond to increasing saltwater intrusion, my PhD (awarded in 2014) focused on environmental/agricultural change and human migration in coastal areas of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

    I have over four years of field-based experience conducting research in Southeast Asia and Pacific region. Additionally, I have a further six years of professional experience working on migration and refugees issues through my former employment with the Australian High Commissions in Ottawa, Canada and London,    


Member of

  • Geographical Society of New South Wales (GSNSW). Member 2016 -
  • Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG). Member 2015 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 2014
  • MA (Forced Migration), Charles Sturt University 2007
  • BSc (Environmental) (Hons), University of Sydney 2001