Karlee Johnson is a Research Associate at SEI’s Asia Centre. She joined SEI in 2014. She is a member of the Reducing Disaster Risk Cluster and a co-researcher for the SEI Initiative on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk. Specializing in Southeast Asia, she has several years of experience in disaster risk reduction, development, and climate change adaptation research.
Her current work focuses on inclusive, equitable and context-specific risk reduction and adaptation strategies for vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities, youth and children. She is also interested in the anthropological dimensions of disaster risk, including the role that culture plays in shaping disaster risk interpretation and response. Her publications include academic journal articles, policy and research briefs, and background papers for major global reports.
Prior to joining SEI, Karlee worked with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, and the Spanish Ministry of Education. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultures and Development Studies from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Her Master’s thesis was an analysis of humanitarian aid interventions following disasters in coastal areas of southern India, focusing on the effectiveness of such efforts and their implications for local vulnerability and risk creation.