Associate Professor Yan Tan graduated from the University of Adelaide with a PhD in Human Geography. In 2010, Yan was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship for the five-year Discovery project ‘Climate change and migration in China’.
Since 2011, Yan has worked at the University of Adelaide in the Department of Geography, Environment and Population and is currently an Associate Professor. A key element of her research in the last six years has been the impact of climate change on migration and adaptation. Yan currently, is a lead Chief Investigator on a large-scale ARC-funded Discovery project on ‘Transnationalism and Diaspora: Enhancing demography’s contribution to migration and development’ (2017-2020). Three salient elements in Yan’s research are: one a sustained effort to understand driving factors and processes across the major types of human mobility; two sophisticated analysis of the consequences of migration, development- and environment-induced displacement and resettlement; and three work to advance international debates on migration theory, and methods to assess demographic, social, and climate/ecological vulnerability in the face of climate and other environmental impacts.