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Sonja Klinsky is an expert in climate change policy, environmental justice, and public policy.

She is an associate professor in the School of Sustainability and a senior Global Futures scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory.

Professor Klinsky has been an observer to the UN framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations since 2009 which has been a foundation to her work with policy-science interface organizations. 

Prior to her position at ASU, Klinsky held post-doctoral fellowships with the Centre for Climate Change Mitigation at the University of Cambridge, and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions in Vancouver, Canada.

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Climate impacts – such as droughts, floods or storms – affect people differently depending on their wealth and access to resources and on their involvement in decision making. Processes that marginalize people, such as racial injustice and colonialism, mean that some people in a country or community are more likely than others to be able to protect themselves from climate harms.

— Sonja Klinsky, The Conversation