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 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-faith and 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 Adjunct Fellow USC, Deputy Editor Emerald journal IJCCSM [Q1; invited], and Editorial Board Member Springer Nature international journal Discover Sustainability.

My Qualifications

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

My Awards

Selected Awards

Best Paper Award (2018) for the peer reviewed research paper: 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) for the peer reviewed research paper: 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;

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

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