Fields of Research (FoR)Social Change, Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Justice Issues, Social Policy and Planning, Religion and Society
Adjunct Associate Professor Johannes M. Luetz (BA/USA, MBA/Germany, Ph.D./Australia) is a social scientist based in Brisbane, Australia. He also holds appointments at The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC Maroochydore) and at Alphacrucis University College (AC Brisbane), where he is Associate Professor and Director of Research Development. He has lived and worked across countries and continents and conducts interdisciplinary humanitarian...view more
Adjunct Associate Professor Johannes M. Luetz (BA/USA, MBA/Germany, Ph.D./Australia) is a social scientist based in Brisbane, Australia. He also holds appointments at The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC Maroochydore) and at Alphacrucis University College (AC Brisbane), where he is Associate Professor and Director of Research Development. He has lived and worked across countries and continents and conducts interdisciplinary humanitarian research at the science-faith science-policy interface. He has consulted for World Vision on research raising awareness of the growing effects of climate change on vulnerable communities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. His integrative research has led to several authored and edited books, including Beyond Belief—Opportunities for Faith-Engaged Approaches to Climate-Change Adaptation in the Pacific Islands (Springer, 2021), Innovating Christian Education Research—Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Springer, 2021), Reimagining Christian Education—Cultivating Transformative Approaches (Springer, 2018), and Planet Prepare (WVI, 2008).
His Ph.D. research into climate migration has featured in national news and documentaries [Bolivia; Bangladesh; Maldives]. 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).
International research highlights include involvement as author and Section Editor on Quality Education—Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Springer, 2020), the largest editorial project on sustainable development ever undertaken, and the world’s most comprehensive publication on the United Nations SDGs. Recently he served as an editor on the Major Reference Work Handbook on Climate Change Management—Research, Leadership, Transformation (Springer, 2021). With 228 chapters and 600+ authors, and spread over a set of 6 volumes, the “Handbook” is the largest non-publicly funded editorial project on climate change adaptation ever produced. It was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. Dr Luetz is Deputy Editor International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management (Emerald, Q1) and serves on the editorial boards of international peer reviewed journals Discover Sustainability (Springer Nature, OA), Christian Higher Education (Routledge Taylor & Francis, Q1), and Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (nature portfolio, OA).
Ph.D. (UNSW); MBA (Germany); BA (USA)
Best Paper Award (2018): Unger, J.M. & Luetz, J.M. 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/UK, 27–29 June 2018. CHC News; LinkedIn; News brief
Best Paper Award (2017): Luetz, J.M. & Hausia, P.H. “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. CHC feature story
25 September 2012 ASPIRE Award Awarded oratory Ph.D. ASPIRE Award ($500 AUD) at the 2012 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) academic public speaking competition UNSW Interfaculty Finals. Represented Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). One of 22 UNSW finalists; Leighton Hall, The John Niland Scientia, University of New South Wales (UNSW). Presentation Title: Climate Migration; https://youtu.be/f9_RmUuBwmU
26 May 2009 Awarded competitive international Ph.D. scholarship University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA) with comprehensive inclusions comprising program tuition, tax-free stipend, and family benefits. Scholarship award period 31 Aug 2009 to 7 March 2013.
20 November 2006 Awarded Best Master Thesis Distinction (2006) for MBA European-Asian Management Program (awarded 20 November 2006). Thesis Title: ‘Opportunities for Global Poverty Reduction in the 21st Century—The Role of Policy Makers, Corporations, NGOs, and Individuals.’ Thesis subsequently published as book; Berlin School of Economics, Berlin, Germany.
My Research Activities
- Global poverty reduction, Sustainable development, Social inequality, Environmental sustainability, SDGs
- Humanitarianism, Emergency response, Disaster risk reduction, Disaster preparedness
- Community based climate change adaptation
- Disaster displacement, Climate change induced forced human migration
- Human behaviour, Theology of Earth care, Social transformation, Sustainability education