Dr. Elspeth Oppermann

Former Postdoc

Innovation Research

  • October 2018 – Present: Research Fellow, Munich Centre for Technology in Society, Technical University Munich.
  • 2015 – 2018: Research Fellow, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Australia.
  • 2012 – 2015: Research Fellow – Collaborative Research Network Northern Research Futures, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Australia.
  • 2007 – 2012: PhD in Geography, Lancaster University, United Kingdom.
  • 2006 – 2007: MA Security and War, Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University, United Kingdom.

  • Innovation, particularly co-creation practices in relation to urban settings and energy production and use.
  • Adaptation to extreme conditions, particularly heat.
  • Societal and institutional change – governmentality, discourse and social practice.
  • Co-production of socio-material worlds – specifically in relation to environmental conditions, matter/energy, technological innovation and infrastructure.
  • Oppermann, E., Brearley, M., (2018). From Skin to Strategy: repositioning the terrain and temporality of heat stress and its management through social practices. In S. Pearson, J. Holloway, R. Thackaway (Eds.), Australian Contributions to Strategic and Military Geography. New York: Springer
  • Oppermann, E., & Walker, G. (2018). Immersed in thermal flows: heat as produced by, and productive of, social practice. In Y. Strengers & C. Maller (Eds.), Social Practices and More-than-humans: Nature, materials and technologies. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Oppermann, E., Strengers, Y., Maller, C., Rickards, L., & Brearley, M. (2018). Beyond Threshold Approaches to Extreme Heat: repositioning adaptation as everyday practice. Weather, Climate, and Society. DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0084.1
  • L & Oppermann, E. (2018) Battling the tropics to settle a nation: Negotiating multiple energies, frontiers and feedback loops in Australia, Energy Research & Social Science, 41.
  • Oppermann, E. (2018) Book Review: Lockwood Alan H (2016) Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet, Science and Technology Studies, 31(1).
  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
  • Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)


  • Visiting International Fellow, Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand (DEMAND) ESRC Research Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom (July – October 2016).
  • Visiting Scholar, Centre for Urban Research, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Melbourne, Australia (March 2016).


  • Full PhD Scholarship, Faculty of Science and Technology, Lancaster University, United Kingdom (2007-2010).


  • Mahindra Naraine Prize for best MA Dissertation, Department of Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University, UK (2007).
  • Penultimate Year School Prize for Best Department of Politics Undergraduate Student, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK (2005).

External Grants and Direct Project Funding:

  • Co-investigator, Assessment of Heat Stress and Recommendations for Management: McArthur River Mine, Australia (2017 – 2018).
  • Chief Investigator, Scoping study on Heat Stress implications for Preparedness and Operations, Preparedness Directorate, Department of Defence, Australia (2017).
  • Chief Investigator, Heat Stress, Alcohol Use and Economic Participation among labour-intensive workers in tropical conditions: implications for the development of health policy, Northern Territory Department of Health, Australia (2015).
  • Project Coordinator and Co-investigator, Prototype Development: Heat Stress Warning and Management Tool, multiple funders (2013-2017).