Co-Director, Climate Adaptation Research Center
Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Development
- Department of Human Ecology
Dr. Chu studies how local governments and communities plan for and adapt to the impacts of global environmental change. His research is globally comparative and draws on qualitative and participatory methodologies. Dr. Chu’s recent research projects have looked into how emerging climate change adaptation priorities are being institutionalized into local decision-making; how climate adaptation intersects with economic development, human health, environmental sustainability, and infrastructure planning priorities; as well as how communities mobilize for more equitable climate adaptation and resilience solutions. He currently serves as Lead Author in Working Group 2 of the Sixth Assessment Report to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).