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Gleichstellung und Diversität

Prof. Dr. Leigh Johnson

Visiting Professor 1.1.2024–31.08.2024

Leigh Johnson is Associate Professor of
Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. In the acedemic year of 2023/2024, she works at the University of Zurich as a fellow of the DSI community work and as a guest professor. Her current research focuses on the ecological labor of climate adaptation and disaster response, investigating the extent to which climate adaptation and development projects rely on un- and underpaid labor to repair socioecological systems to endure climatic changes. This includes comparative work applying labor geography perspectives to climate adaptation across multiple scales and spaces of the Global South/Majority World and North/Minority World.

Her past research has focused on the development of climate change risk management through financial tools such as microinsurance and catastrophe bonds. Her research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, the Fulbright Fellowship, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation/Just Futures Institute. Johnson held postdoctoral and lecturer positions in the department of Geography at the University of Zurich from 2011 - 2016, and was also supported by a UZH Forschungskredit award.

Events with Leigh Johnson

Tuesday, March 12th, 17:30 - around 20:00 at the Irchel Bar, we will host our 2nd annual MNF Women in Science networking evening. This is a great chance to help students build their networks and also for you to meet our Verena Meyer guest professor, Leigh Johnson. We hope you can all attend!
Please help us order the right amount of food by registering here:

Tuesday, March 19th, 16:00 – 17:15, Irchel Campus Y25-H-38: Professor Leigh Johnson’s public science talk as part of the Zurich Human Geography Colloquium, Topic: Digging in the drylands: Valuing labor and landform in nature-based solutions.
Flyer (PDF, 539 KB)

Monday, April 8th from 12:00 - 14:00, Irchel Campus 34-J-01: Leigh hosts a workshop on the topic of mentoring for mentors.

Monday, June 17th from 12:00 - 14:00, Irchel Campus 34-J-01: Leigh hosts a workshop on the topic of mentoring for mentees.





Weiterführende Informationen


Dr. Christiane Löwe


Office for Gender Equality and Diversity


Phone: +41 44 634 21 67

Prof. Dr. Leigh Johnson