Gail Hochachka

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Sociology and Human Geography
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Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Harriet Holters hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1096 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Social Sciences (Student)

Academic interests

Gail Hochachka is a PhD candidate at University of Oslo, Norway. She is interested in the deeper human dimensions of climate change and how to construe adaptation as transformation to sustainability, with a focus on the unique dynamics and drivers of transformation present in individuals, groups and systems. Her study involves the highland coffee communities of Guatemala as well as buyers, retailers and consumers of coffee in North America.

Courses taught


Brief presentation of previous work experience and education:

Gail Hochachka is a doctoral research fellow at the University of Olso, Norway, working with Dr. Karen O'Brien in the AdaptationCONNECTS project (Combining Old and New kNoweldge to Enable Conscious Transformation) to develop new understandings of whether and how different types of transformations can contribute to successful adaptation to climate change. Previously, she spent 18 years working with non-profit organizations in sustainable development in Africa, Latin America and North America on diverse themes such as rainforest conservation, community development, women’s empowerment, sustainability leadership, global value chains, and climate resilience. Her Masters research drew on interdisciplinary studies and conducted field work in El Salvador, to contribute to the development of a theory and practice of integral community development. Some of her work with NGOs involved conducting action research projects on topics such as on how to include the human dimensions better in international development, on how to monitor and evaluate both the 'hard' and 'soft' capacities needed for successfully in sustainability projects, and on how to engage local perspectives in community-based climate change adaptation. She taught at the graduate level at John F. Kennedy University from 2006-2013, both on campus and online, and pioneered field courses in El Salvador and Peru. She is currently on a research stay at the University of British Columbia, Canada, at the Social-Ecological Systems research group under Dr. Shannon Hagerman.



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  • Hochachka, Gail (2020). Integrating the four faces of adaptation: Toward transformative change in Guatemalan coffee communities. Show summary
  • Hochachka, Gail (2019). On Matryoshkas And Meaning-Making: Understanding The Plasticity Of Climate Change And Contemplating What This Might Mean For Transformation.
  • Hochachka, Gail & O'Fallon, Terri (2019, 30. oktober). Climate Change and the use of the STAGES assessment for understanding worldviews. [Internett].
  • O'Brien, Karen; Hochachka, Gail & Gram-Hanssen, Irmelin (2019). Creating a Culture for Transformation, In Guiseppe Feola; Hilary Geoghegen & Alex Arnall (ed.),  Climate and Culture : Multidisciplinary Perspectives on a Warming World.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781108422505.  Chapter 12.  s 266 - 290
  • Hochachka, Gail (2018). Beyond the floor boards and the glass ceiling: Working with stages of consciousness in a changing climate.. Show summary
  • Hochachka, Gail (2018). The orchestra plays while the Titanic sinks: Exploring coffee and climate change adaptation. Show summary
  • Hochachka, Gail (2017). The tetra-meshed Earth: Depth and innovation in climate change adaptation.. Show summary
  • Hochachka, Gail (2017). Unexpected innovations for climate change adaptation. Show summary

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Published Oct. 10, 2018 1:13 PM - Last modified Oct. 9, 2019 8:01 PM