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Dr. K. (Karen) Paiva Henrique PhD

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Governance and Inclusive Development

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: B4.15
Postal address
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
Contact details
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  • Profile

    Dr. Karen Paiva Henrique is an Assistant Professor in Governance and Inclusive Development at the University of Amsterdam. Her research and teaching focuses on human-environment interactions, uneven urban development, and the climate crisis. Her current projects investigate the un/just implications of climate adaptation across the urban South, the role of power in shaping resilience as concept and practice, and everyday decision-making in the context of compounding crises. Dr. Henrique received her Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia (2020) and M.Arch from the Pennsylvania State University (2014). She was a contributing author for the IPCC Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5 °C (SR15).

  • Publications

    Peer-reviewed journal articles


    Henrique, K. P., & Parikh, A. (2022). Unearthing the right to the city through digital visual methods. Urban Matters Journal, Dislocating Urban Studies.

    Henrique, K. P., Tschakert, P., Bourgault du Coudray, C., Horwitz, P., Krueger, K. D. C., & Wheeler, A. J. (2022). Navigating loss and value trade-offs in a changing climate. Climate Risk Management, 35, 100405.

    Henrique, K. P., & Tschakert, P. (2022). Everyday limits to adaptation. Oxford Open Climate Change, 2(1), kgab013.

    Garcia, A., Gonda, N., Atkins, E., Godden, N. J., Henrique, K. P., Parsons, M., Tschakert, P., & Ziervogel, G. (n.d.). Power in resilience and resilience’s power in climate change scholarship. WIREs Climate Change, n/a(n/a), e762.


    Henrique, K. P., & Tschakert, P. (2021). Pathways to urban transformation: From dispossession to climate justice. Progress in Human Geography, 45(5), 1169–1191.


    Henrique, K. P., & Tschakert, P. (2019). Taming São Paulo’s floods: Dominant discourses, exclusionary practices, and the complicity of the media. Global Environmental Change, 58, 1–12.

    Henrique, K. P., & Tschakert, P. (2019). Contested grounds: Adaptation to flooding and the politics of (in)visibility in São Paulo’s eastern periphery. Geoforum, 104, 181–192.


    Tschakert, P., Henrique, K. P., Bitmead, R., Dassu, F., Crowther, M., Yukhnevich, Z., Anderson, C., Roddy, A., Bye, V., Rawlinson, A., O’Hara, N., Mottershead, A., Obeng, J., & Gerard, K. (2018). Affective dimensions of teaching and doing development. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 59(2), 186–200.


    Henrique, K. P. (2015). (Re)Envisioning architecture and landscape architecture in the fluid terrains of flooding. Cloud-Cuckoo-Land, International Journal of Architectural Theory, 20(34), 139–161.


    Henrique, K. P. (2013). Modernity and continuity: Alternatives to instant tradition in contemporary Brazilian architecture. Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, 3(4), 103–112.

    Scientific and technical reports


    [Contributing Author] Roy, J., Tschakert, P., Waisman, H. (2018). Chapter 5: Sustainable development, poverty eradication and reducing inequalities. In Global warming of 1.5°C (pp. 445–538). Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


    Tschakert, P., Henrique, K. P., Pannell, D., Pandit, R., Prout-Quicke, S., Lawrence, C., Sabharwal, A., Kragt, M., Ellis, N., Godden, N., Alston, M., Pearlman, P., Elrick-Barr, C., Barnett, J., Woodward, A., Abu, M., Larbi, R. T., Sallu, S., Thew, H., … Kunamwene, I. N. (2016). White paper: Assessing non-market loss and damage in the context of climate change (p. 36). University of Western Australia (UWA) and Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).


    Tschakert, P., Smithwick, E., Bug, L., Singha, K., Amankwah, R., Ward, A., Parker, E., Oppong, J., Hausermann, H., Wu, J., Naithani, K., Ricciardi, V., Machado, M., & Henrique, K. P. (2015). reBUild a healthy environment: Research and education on Buruli Ulcer, inundations, and land disturbance. The Pennsylvania State University and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


    Turkienicz, B., Henrique, V. P., Henrique, K. P., Heller, D., Teixeira, R., & Lersh, R. (2011). Plano local de habitação de interesse social de Parobé, RS [Affordable housing Master Plan for Parobé, RS]. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.


    Turkienicz, B., Henrique, V. P., Henrique, K. P., Heller, D., Bugs, G., Teixeira, R., & Lersh, R. (2010). Plano local de habitação de interesse social de Nova Santa Rita, RS [Affordable housing Master Plan for Nova Santa Rita, RS]. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.

    Other publications


    Henrique, K. P. (2018). Landscapes of dispossession – Examining adaptation and the persistent exclusion of the urban poor. Sydney Environment Institute Magazine, 1, 22–25.

    Henrique, K. P. (2018). Global Urban Politics: Informalization of the State. Urban Policy and Research, 36(1), 115–117.

  • Ancillary activities
    • Springer Nature
      Associate Editor for the journal Climate Action