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Katrina Petersen

Research Manager

Role at Trilateral

Katrina supports the growth of the Research Services at Trilateral. She oversees a range of research and projects around justice and resilience in climate, energy, and environment, as well as crises more generally. She oversees and guides much of TRI’s ethical and societal impact approaches within its research projects, pushing methodological bounds to consider how design, policy, and practice can all support beneficial outcomes for all. 


Her expertise focuses on the challenges of information sharing and visualisation to communicate short and long-term climate and disaster risks. She examines how emergent and innovative data practices shape possibilities for discussions between diverse stakeholders and for anticipating the future. She explores how different types of data and infrastructures can inform governmental and community approaches to vulnerability and resilience. She regularly is the societal and ethical impact lead for multidisciplinary projects to innovative crisis communication and transboundary information sharing systems. She works in a range of research, collaborative, and participatory methods with information system developers, modellers, mappers, risk communicators, crisis practitioners, climate scientists, CSOs, and NGOs. Overall, she aims to support people to work towards a just transition, by seeking more representative, inclusive, and intersectional information and communication practices, especially in situations where impacts from crises are unequal and uneven. 

She is published on topics relating to visualising risk, socio-technical resilience, communication implications of disaster mapping, co-design methods, and transboundary disaster ethics. She also sits on external advisory boards of a variety of climate and crisis projects.  

Katrina holds a PhD in Communication and Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She also has a BA in Geology from Carleton College and an MSc in Science and Technology Studies from University of Amsterdam.