Walter Leal Filho holds the chairs of Climate Change Management at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and Environment and Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). He directs the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainability Development and Climate Change Management.” His main research interests are in the fields of sustainable development and climate change, also including aspects of climate change and health. He has over 30 years’ experience on climate change projects and directs the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme.
Johannes M. Luetz is the research chair at Christian Heritage College (CHC), an independent higher education provider in Brisbane, Australia. He 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-faith and science-policy interface. This interest has resulted in 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), and Planet Prepare (WVI, 2008), among others. He was also involved as an 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 – Vol. 4. addresses SDG 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” Dr. Luetz is an adjunct academic in the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. There he also completed his PhD (environmental policy and management) in human xxxiii climate migration. His PhD research 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). Dr. Luetz convenes the Master of Social Science Leadership program at CHC, which through its research and teaching activities on change leadership seeks to give rise to equitable social transformation. Dr. Luetz is also adjunct fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), deputy editor of Emerald journal IJCCSM, member of the academic board at CHC, and member of the editorial board of Springer Nature journal Discover Sustainability. He maintains an active website at www.luetz.com.
Dr. Desalegn Yayeh Ayal is an Associate Professor of Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Development at the Center for Food Security Studies, College of Development Studies, Addis Ababa University. Desalegn holds a PhD degree in Geography. Desalegn serves as the Deputy Editor of International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. He has published more than 40 publications including books, book chapters, and referred journal articles. He is East Africa vice president for Interconnections for Making Africa Great Empowered and Sustainable Initiative. He is a founder and director of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) Ethiopian Chapter. He has also presented papers on climate adaptation and related issues at many international and national conferences. His principal areas of research interest include climate change vulnerability, climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and related issues, indigenous weather forecasting, integrated natural resources rehabilitation and management, livelihoods and food security nexus, among others. He thoroughly understands the link between natural and human induced hazards with sustainable development, and works hard to familiarize with current tools of climate change impact assessment on livelihood and the wider environment. He has been actively involved in climate resilience and integrated natural resources rehabilitation and management research, and development interventions to improve food security.