DR Jana-Axinja Paschen

DR Jana-Axinja Paschen


  • cultural geography; travel narratives; tourist geographies;
  • landscape and environmental sociology; landscape management; socio-ecological systems; resilience thinking
  • narrative theory; participatory action research; social learning methods



  • Dr Jana-Axinja Paschen holds a PhD (Geography) from the University of Melbourne. Her collaborative research experience with government and industry partners includes work on the policy and practice of climate change adaptation (as a Research Fellow with Monash University and the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) 2010-2011), disaster risk and natural resource management (ARC Linkage project ‘Defining bushfire risk and resilience in the everyday landscape: knowledge, communication, practice’, funding ID LP110200313 with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Department of Justice, 2012-2015), and in agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (current project: 'Stimulating private sector extension to increase returns from rural R&D’, with the Rural Innovation Research Group , supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit programme. Jana’s applied social science research expertise and interests include Participatory Action Research and narrative methodologies, critical policy analysis and theory of practice.   


Member of

  • Insitute of Australian Geographers. registered member 2007 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • MA, University of Hamburg 2003