Wendy Miles

Research Fellow and Program Manager for the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA) Program
MilesW [at] EastWestCenter.org
Ph.D. in Geography, University of Hawaii; M.Sc. in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management, University of Oxford
Area of Expertise: 

Human dimensions of environmental change; Climate adaptation and resilience planning; Evaluative research on climate change policies and programs; Social equity in the context of climate change

Dr. Wendy Miles specializes in the human dimensions of environmental change and the ways in which public programs can be improved to support people through such change. She leads Pacific RISA’s evaluation research and supports activities that build adaptive capacity to climate variability and change in Hawaiʻi and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands.  

Dr. Miles comes to the East-West Center with 15 years of experience spanning the socio-economic, political, and ecological dimensions of environmental change. For the past decade, her work has focused on climate change planning and policies in the Indo-Pacific. From 2016-2018, she was the Adaptation Initiatives Manager for the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative, where she coordinated climate adaptation initiatives and associated projects, consultancies, and research grants in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands and Hawaiʻi. More recently, she was contracted by the U.S. Department of Interior as a “Community Resilience Planner and Social-Environmental Scientist” for the Resilient Hawaiian Communities Initiative, co-led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, National Park Service, and University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law.

For her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Miles investigated how the Paris Agreement’s forest carbon offsetting mechanism, REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), was influencing environmental governance and local livelihoods through a case study of the Indonesia-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership.

As a “pracademic”—part academic and part practitioner—Dr. Miles designs her research to address the informational needs of policymakers, community leaders, and natural/cultural resource managers. She has publications in the social and environmental sciences, including peer-reviewed journal articles, co-edited books, book chapters, professional reports, and newspaper commentaries. She is a former Fulbright Fellow, Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellow, and East-West Center Graduate Fellow. Dr. Miles holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Hawaiʻi, and an M.Sc. in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Miles's curriculum vitae is attached.