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Lisa Hiwasaki

Program Leader, Climate Change - International Development Research Centre
Lisa is an environmental anthropologist with extensive experience designing, leading and coordinating interdisciplinary research on environmental conservation, climate change adaptation, climate-related hazards, and water resources management.
Lisa is passionate about promoting sustainable development using collaborative and participatory approaches, and increasing the resilience of vulnerable and marginalized populations, in particular indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities. She has developed, coordinated and implemented interdisciplinary scientific projects, promoting transdisciplinary research that brings natural, biophysical, and social scientists, together with traditional knowledge holders.
Lisa has extensive experience working in the field of environment and development, and have conducted research in Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Philippines, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Prior to joining IDRC as Climate Change Program Leader, Lisa worked with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF: based in Hanoi, Vietnam), UNESCO Regional Bureau for the Asia and the Pacific (Jakarta, Indonesia), and UNESCO’s Division of Water Sciences (Paris, France).
Lisa has a PhD in international development, focussing on environmental policy (Yokohama National University) and an MA in Anthropology (University of British Columbia) and has published scientific articles, reports, and policy briefs on traditional ecological knowledge, climate change adaptation, protected area management, and community-based tourism.