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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

Office Hours

by appointment


  • Urban planning
  • Geography
  • Climate change adaptation, climate resilience
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)

Current projects:
IPCC Chapter Scientist: Supporting the coordinating lead authors of the 6th IPCC Assessment Report, Working Group 2, Chapter 8, "Poverty, Livelihoods and Sustainable Development"

Finished projects:
Risk NAP - Risk-based National Adaptation Plan Thailand: Strengthening Adaptive Spatial Planning in Thailand

  • 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]  (online:
  • 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: Climate Change, Hazards and Adaptation Options. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-37425-9_30] (online:
  • 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. [DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101601} (online:
  • 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. [DOI: 10.1108/IJDRBE-06-2019-0039] (online:
since 04/2018 Research associate at the Institute of Spatial and Regional Planning, University of Stuttgart
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
01/2011-07/2011 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



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