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Joanna McMillan


Academic Staff Member
Institute of Spatial and Regional Planning


+49 711 685 66328
+49 711 685 66965

Pfaffenwaldring 7
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 3.007

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  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Geography, Human Ecology
  • Climate Risks and Vulnerability, Climate Adaptation

Ongoing projects:
ISAP: Integrative city-regional adaptation strategies for a growing polycentric region: Region Stuttgart

Completed projects:
IPCC Chapter Scientist: Supporting the chapter “Poverty, livelihoods and sustainable development” of the sixth assessment report AR6-WGII of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Risk NAP: Risk-based National Adaptation Plan Thailand: Strengthening Adaptive Spatial Planning in Thailand

  • McMillan, J.M.; Birkmann, J.; Tangwanichagapong, S.; Jamshed, A. (2022): Spatial Planning and Systems Thinking Tools for Climate Risk Reduction: A Case Study of the Andaman Coast, Thailand. Sustainability, 14, 8022. DOI: 10.3390/su14138022
  • McMillan, J. M.; Birkmann, J.; Tangwanichagapong, S. (2021): "Climate risk information as a basis for adaptive spatial planning: A case study from Thailand" In I. Pal, R. Shaw; R. Djalante; S. Shrestha (Eds.), Disaster Resilience and Sustainability: Adaptation for Sustainable Development (pp. 301-320). DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-323-85195-4.00006-8
  • Feldmeyer, D.; Birkmann, J.; McMillan, J. M.; Stringer, L.; Leal Filho, W.; Djalante, R.; Pinho, P.F.; Liwenga, E. (2021): Global vulnerability hotspots: differences and agreement between international indicator-based assessments. Climatic Change, 169(12). DOI: 10.1007/s10584-021-03203-z
  • Birkmann, J.; Jamshed, A.; McMillan, J. M.; Feldmeyer, D.; Totin, E.; Solecki, W.; Ibrahim, Z. Z.; Roberts, D.; Kerr, E. B.; Poertner, H. O.; Pelling, M.; Djalante, D.; Garschagen, M.; Filho, W. L.; Sapir, D. G.; Alegría, A. (2022): Understanding Human Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Global Perspective on Index Validation for Adaptation Planning. Science of the Total Environment, 803(150065). DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150065
  • Birkmann, J; Feldmeyer, D.; McMillan, J. M.; Solecki, W.; Totin, E.; Roberts, D.; Trisos, C.; Jamshed, A.; Boyd, E.; Wrathall, D. (2021): Regional Clusters of Vulnerability Show the Need for Transboundary Cooperation. Environmental Research Letters, 16(094052). DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac1f43
  • Birkmann, J.; McMillan, J. M. (2020): "Linking Hazard Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation" In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science. DOI: 1093/acrefore/9780199389407.013.145 
  • Weißer, B. V.; Jamshed, A.; Birkmann, J.; McMillan, J. M. (2020). Building Resilience After Climate-Related Extreme Events: Lessons Learned from Extreme Precipitation in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Journal of Extreme Events, 7(01n02). DOI: 10.1142/S2345737620500104
  • Jamshed, A.; Birkmann, J.; McMillan, J. M.; Rana, I. A.; Lauer, H. (2020): "The Impact of Extreme Floods on Rural Communities: Evidence from Pakistan" In Leal Filho W., Nagy G., Borga M., Chávez Muñoz P., Magnuszewski A. (Eds.), Climate Change, Hazards and Adaptation Options. Climate Change Management. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-37425-9_30
  • Jamshed, A.; Birkmann, J.; Rana, I. A.; McMillan, J. M. (2020): The relevance of city size to the vulnerability of surrounding rural areas: An empirical study of flooding in Pakistan. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 48(101601). DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101601
  • Jamshed, A.; Rana, I. A.; McMillan, J. M.; Birkmann, J. (2019): Building community resilience in post-disaster resettlement in Pakistan. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 10(4). DOI: 10.1108/IJDRBE-06-2019-0039
since 04/2018 Academic Staff Member at the Institute of Spatial and Regional Planning, University of Stuttgart, Germany
2014-2018 Freelance GIS-consultation, cartography and work in the heritage field
2015-2017 Master of Engineering (Urban Planning), Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Germany
2013-2016 Assistant at the State Heritage Department Baden-Württemberg, Germany
2011-2012 Honours in Human Ecology, Australian National University
01-07/2011 Research assistant for the Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2008-2010 Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability) (Honours), majoring in Geography and Human Ecology, Australian National University, Australia



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