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Graham McDowell

Affiliated Researcher

University of Zurich


My research focuses on human vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in high mountain areas, with a focus on lived experiences of changes in glacial hydrology. I have led community-level projects in the Nepal Himalaya, Peruvian Andes, Rocky Mountains, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic as well as numerous large-scale assessments of the human dimensions of climate change in cold regions. I am committed to the mobilization of knowledge about mountains and environmental change, including through my work as a Contributing Author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Editorial Board member of the journal Mountain Research and Development. I am currently the Project Leader for the Canadian Mountain Assessment, which is providing a first-of-its-kind look at the state of knowledge of Canada’s mountains, including the relative scope of knowledge across topics and geographies, based on both Western academic and Indigenous knowledges. I completed a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship with EClim at the University of Zurich, and hold degrees from the University of British Columbia (PhD), the University of Oxford (MSc with Distinction), and McGill University (BA Honours 1st class). I live in Canmore, Alberta, on Treaty 7 lands, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

Research interests

  • Social determinants of vulnerability and adaptation in high mountain regions
  • Experiences of climate change in the context of multiple stressors
  • Sustainability dimensions of responses to climate change
  • Knowledge assessment and co-creation