Dr Anna Sanders

ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Human Geography 4406
  • Development Geography 440602
  • Environmental Anthropology 440104
  • Environment Policy 440704
  • Political Economy And Social Change 440404
  • Rural Community Development 440406

Research interests

  • Transformational climate adaptation
  • Multi-level governance and environmental decision-making
  • Political ecology
  • Science and technology studies
  • Policy economy and legal geography
  • Intersection of climate, disaster, environmental governance
  • Landscape change and transitions
  • Resource frontiers
  • Livelihoods, agricultural and food systems
  • Social learning
  • Relational justice
  • Interdisciplinary, collaborative, and ethnographic research
  • Research ethics and translation


Anna Sanders is an environmental social scientist and Research Fellow at the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions. Her current research focuses on transformational climate adaptation. Before joining ANU, Anna held research and teaching roles at the University of Melbourne, where she is an honorary fellow at the School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences.

Anna’s primary area of research is environmental governance with a specific interest in the interactions of environment, climate, and resource governance. Anna enjoys working across diverse knowledge practices and contributing to interdisciplinary, collaborative, and participatory research methods, improved understanding and application of research ethics, and long-term and place-based research that builds local capabilities.

Anna’s previous research, policy and advocacy work has focused on environmental and resource issues in Australia and Southeast Asia. She has worked extensively in tropical peatlands and oil palm growing regions of Indonesia. Anna has also lived and worked in the Northern Territory, where she is interested in landscape change and climate adaptation.

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