Dr Johannes Michael Luetz


Fields of Research (FoR)

Social Change, Migration, Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified, Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Justice Issues, Ecological Impacts of Climate Change, Social Policy and Planning, Religion and Society

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Dr. Johannes M. Luetz (BA/USA, MBA/Germany, Ph.D./Australia) is Adjunct Senior LecturerPh.D. (Environmental Policy and Management) into human...view more

Dr. Johannes M. Luetz (BA/USA, MBA/Germany, Ph.D./Australia) is Adjunct Senior Lecturer at UNSW in the School of Social Sciences, where he also completed his Ph.D. (Environmental Policy and Management) into human climate migration. His Ph.D. research has featured in national news and documentaries [Bolivia; Bangladesh; Maldives]. Dr. Luetz has consulted extensively for World Vision International on research projects raising awareness of the growing effects of demographic, environmental and climate change on vulnerable communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He was raised in Sierra Leone and Switzerland, cares deeply about poverty reduction, holistic education, justice and equity, and has researched and published conceptually and empirically in these areas. He is a big picture thinker and has interdisciplinary research interests at the science-policy interface. He has spoken at the UNSW Town & Gown annual signature dinner and has been a guest on ABC Radio National The Science Show. His research has attracted grants, prizes, scholarships, awards and distinctions, including best thesis prize (2006), UNSW UIP Award (2009), UNSW ASPIRE Award (2012) and best paper awards (2017, 2018). Dr. Luetz is the Research Chair at Christian Heritage College (CHC), an independent higher education provider in Brisbane. There he convenes the Master of Social Science Leadership program, which through its research and teaching activities on change leadership seeks to give rise to equitable social transformation. Dr. Luetz is Adjunct Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Deputy Editor at Emerald journal IJCCSM and member of the Editorial Board at Springer Nature journal Discover Sustainability.

My Qualifications

Ph.D. (UNSW); MBA (Germany); BA (USA)

My Awards

BEST PAPER AWARD 2018 • Unger, JM & Luetz, JM (PEER REVIEWED PAPER PRESENTATION): Engaging Employees in Corporate Social Responsibility Projects – A Case Study from the Lufthansa Group Showcasing Experiences and Lessons Gathered in Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria and Columbia. Presented at WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY @ UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH • Scotland • 27-29 June 2018 • Research published by Springer Nature.

BEST PAPER AWARD 2017 • Luetz, JM & Hausia PH (PEER REVIEWED PAPER PRESENTATION): “We’re not Refugees, We’ll Stay Here Until We Die!”—Climate Change Adaptation and Migration Experiences Gathered from the Tulun and Nissan Atolls of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Presented at WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS AND ADAPTATION STRATEGIES IN COASTAL COMMUNITIES • Apia, Samoa • 5-7 July 2017 • Research published by Springer Nature.

ASPIRE AWARD 2012 • Luetz, JM • Ph.D. research presentation: “Climate Migration” delivered at 2012 3MT academic public speaking competition UNSW interfaculty finals. Represented Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) @ UNSW Sydney. Leighton Hall, The John Niland Scientia • 25 September 2012

UIPA AWARD 2009-2013 • Luetz, JM • Awarded competitive Ph.D. scholarship with comprehensive personal and family benefits (awarded 26 May 2009). Scholarship award period 31 Aug 2009 to 7 March 2013.

BEST MASTER THESIS PRIZE 2006 • Luetz, JM • Awarded for MBA European-Asian Management Programme Master Thesis entitled “Opportunities for Global Poverty Reduction in the 21st Century: The Role of Policy Makers, Corporations, NGOs, and Individuals.” Thesis published as a book. Berlin School of Economics • 20 November 2006.

My Research Activities

  •         Education, Global poverty reduction, Sustainable development, Social inequality
  •         Humanitarianism, Emergency response, Disaster risk reduction, Disaster preparedness
  •         Community based climate change adaptation in developing countries
  •         Disaster displacement, Climate change induced forced human migration
  •         Environmental sustainability, Theology of Earth care, Social transformation
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