My past and current research draws inspiration from a wide variety of topics with a solid focus on climate adaptation. I focus my publications on issues that provide new insights into climate adaptation, what role adaptation science plays in decision-making, and the mindsets that enable us to make better and bolder decisions.

I strongly believe that two brains are better than one. I have first hand experience how debate accelerates ideas and I thrive on collaboration. That’s why majority of my publications are with colleagues from different disciplinary backgrounds. I am always happy to email a copy of anything I’ve published. Here are also some of my presentation slides from recent events, and I always love feedback so please do get in touch if something resonated with you.


“Leadership in Climate Adaptation and Mitigation”: I cover key concepts in leadership and decision-making that can assist you in start thinking about your own leadership capabilities. Access slides here Nalau_AdaptationLeadership.


Nalau, J. (2022). Adapting to a hotter planet has never been this important, and progress edged forward at the COP27. The Conversation, 23rd November 2022.

Nalau, J., Howden, M. and H. Melville-Rea (2022). Lismore faced monster floods all but alone. We must get better at climate adaptation, and fast. The Conversation, 18th May 2022.

Nalau, J. (2021). What is missing from the COP26? Adaptation. Enlighten, Griffith University.

Nalau, J. & Melville-Rea, H. (2021). Australia ranks the last out of 54 nations on its strategy to cope with climate change. The Glasgow summit is a chance to protect us all. The Conversation, 20th October 2021.

Nalau, J. (2021). Adaptation- it’s a mindset. Griffith Professional Learning Hub, Griffith University, 6th August 2021.

Nalau, J. and Verrall, B. (2021). Mapping the evolution and current trends in climate adaptation science. Climate Risk Management, Volume 32, 100290.

Nalau, J., Torabi, E., Edwards, N., Howes, M., & Morgan, E. (2021). A critical exploration of adaptation heuristics. Climate Risk Management, Volume 32, 100292.

Nalau, J. (2019). Adapting to climate change: the priority for Australia. The Interpreter, Lowy Institute, 30th April 2019.

Preston, B. and J. Nalau (2019). We can’t save everything from climate change: here is how to make choices. The Conversation 23rd January, 2019.

Nalau, J. (2019). Climate change and businesses: the case for private sector leadership in the Asia-Pacific. The State of Neighbourhood Report 2019, Asia Institute, Griffith University.

Leal Filho, W. and Nalau, J. (2018) (Eds). The very first book on Limits to Climate Change Adaptation has just been published by Springer that I co-edited. The book contributes to the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report on the concept of adaptation limits with case studies around the world.

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