The Highly Cited Researcher list published in November 2019 by Clarivate Analytics identifies research scientists and social scientists across the globe who have demonstrated exceptional influence – reflected through the publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade (i.e. among the top 1%).
Worldwide, researchers eagerly anticipate the launch of the Highly Cited Researchers list each year and hundreds of universities celebrate the inclusion of their own researchers in the list. We are therefore very proud to reveal that cCHANGE’s Karen O’Brien was among those included.
Karen’s writing has been cited more than 20,000 citations in the past decade – a strong indication that her integrated perspective on climate change and sustainability is sought after and valued.
Karen’s work challenges commonly held beliefs on how to best respond to climate change, and offers new perspectives and solutions. Technological innovation and individual behavioural change are often promoted as the most important responses to climate change, but Karen’s work focuses on human responses to environmental change, with an emphasis on relationships and the connection between individual, cultural and systems transformation. Her Three Spheres of Transformation Framework (developed with Monica Sharma and Linda Sygna) highlights the power of integrating the personal, political and cultural dimensions of sustainable transformations, opening up possibilities for everyone to be part of the solutions space and shift narratives.