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Elspeth is a human geographer specialising in adaptation to extreme weather and climate change. As an Early Career Researcher, she leads a number of projects on managing labour-intensive work in hot and humid environments, specifically Australia’s tropical monsoon zone. Elspeth collaborates with several academic and industry partners, recently establishing the Heat Stress Research Partnership MOU to explore how the labour-intensive workforce deals with extreme heat and humidity in Australia’s tropical monsoon zone.

Elspeth’s research explores how heat stress is shaped by everyday practices in hot and humid conditions: the habits and beliefs of employees, locations and processes of work, divisions of labour across teams or sites, and workplace culture. The resulting analysis seeks to be responsive to the daily realities of the people, place and purposes of that workplace, and to their capacity to make decisions and be responsive to change. This in-depth understanding of social practices at worksites and of workers will inform the analysis of how adaptations to extreme heat and humidity might be enabled.

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Assembling a thermal rhythmanalysis: Energetic flows, heat stress and polyrhythmic interactions in the context of climate change

Oppermann, E., Walker, G. & Brearley, M., Jan 2020, In : Geoforum. 108, p. 275-285 11 p.

Charles Darwin University

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    Battling the tropics to settle a nation: Negotiating multiple energies, frontiers and feedback loops in Australia

    Rickards, L. & Oppermann, E., Jul 2018, In : Energy Research and Social Science. 41, p. 97-108 12 p.

    Charles Darwin University

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  • Heat, health, and humidity in Australia's monsoon tropics: a critical review of the problematization of ‘heat’ in a changing climate

    Oppermann, E., Brearley, M., Law, L., Smith, J. A., Clough, A. & Zander, K., Aug 2017, In : WIREs Climate Change. 8, 4, p. 1-23 23 p., e468.

    Charles Darwin University

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