Staff Details:

Name: Dr Richard Crichton

Position: Consultant


Department: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development

The University of the South Pacific

Dr Richard Crichton is an accomplished and motivated professional with many years of experience working in international organisations, including the United Nations; specialising in climate change, adaptation, resilience, sustainability, and gender in the Asia-Pacific region.

Having a proven record of generating and fostering good relations, managing projects from concept to completion, demonstrating exceptional communication skills, and creating effective
presentations. Skilled in building cross-functional teams, training individuals for success, and developing
opportunities towards the achievement of organizational goals.

The University of Tokyo (Japan) Doctor of Sustainability Science
The University of Tokyo (Japan) Masters of Sustainability Science
United Nations University (Japan) Joint Diploma in Sustainability Science
The University of the South Pacific (Fiji Islands) Postgraduate Diploma in Climate Change
Brigham Young University (Hawaii) Bachelor of Arts in Pacific Island Studies
United Nations Institute for Training and Research INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR
The University of Tokyo COORDINATOR – GSFS Video Production
Waseda University RESEARCHER
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations PROGRAM ASSOCIATE – FAO Sub-Regional Office


Crichton, R.N, Esteban, M., Onuki, M. 2020. Understandings and preferences of rural communities for adaptation to 21st – century sea-level rise: a case study from the Samoan Islands. Climate Risk Management. Volume 30, 2020, 100254. ISSN 2212-0963

Narayan, S., Esteban, M., Albert, S., Jamero, M. L.,Crichton, R.N., Goby, G., Jupiter, S. (2020) “Local adaptation responses to coastal hazards in small island communities: insights from 4 Pacific nations” Environmental Science and Policy. Vol 104, 02-2020, Pgs 199-207

Esteban, M., Takagi, H., Jamero, L., Chadwick, C., Avelino J.E., Mikami, T., Fatma, D., Yamamoto, L., Nguyen, D.T., Onuki M., Woodbury, J., Valenzuela, V.P.B., Crichton, R.N. (2020) “Adaptation to sea-level rise: Learning from present examples of land subsidence.” Ocean & Coastal Management Vol 189, 1-05-2020, 104852

Avelino J. E., Crichton, R.N., Valenzuela, V. P., Nipuni, M. G., Padilla, M. A. T., Nguyen, K., Anh, D. H.,
Pham, C. V., Thao, N. P., Mai, T. Y. L., Pham, T. P. H, Nguyen, D. T., Onuki, M. and Esteban, M. “Survey Tool for Rapid Assessment of Socio-Economic Vulnerability of Fishing Communities in Vietnam to Climate Change”, Geosciences 8 (12) 452. 2019

Esteban, M., Jamero, L., Nurse, L., Yamamoto, L., Takagi, H. Nguyen, T. D., Mikami, T., Kench, P., Onuki, M., Nellas, A., Crichton, R.N., Valenzuela, V. P., Chadwick, C., Avelino, J. E., Tan, N., and Shibayama, T. “Adaptation to Sea Level Rise on Low Coral Islands: Lessons from Recent Events”, Ocean and Coastal Management 168 (35-40). 2018 (Status: Published)

Valenzuela, V. P. B., Samarasekara, R. S. M., Kalarathna, A. H. T. S., Furukawa, N., Cubelos, G. C., Crichton, R.N., Quizoz, M., Yavar, R., Ikeda, I., Aranguiz, R., Onuki, M., and Esteban, M. “Comparative analysis of tsunami recovery strategies in small communities in Japan and Chile”, Geosciences 9 (1) 26. 2019

Jamero, M. L., Chadwick, C., Onuki, M., Esteban, M., Tan, N., Valenzuela, V. P., Crichton, R.N., Avelino, J. E. (2019) “In-situ adaptation against climate change can enable relocation of impoverished small islands” Marine Policy. Vol 108

Esteban, M., Grant, E., Cao; A.V.Q., Valenzuela, V.P.B., Chang, J., Crichton, R., Bricker, J., Chadwick, C., Takagi; H., Jamero; M.L., Nguye, D.T., Mikami, T., Onuki, M., Avelino, J.E., Fatma,D., Woodbury, J.D., Takabatake, T., Shibayama,T. Adaptation to Sea Level Rise: A Comparative Analysis of Current examples of Adaptation Around the Planet. Climate Change


Crichton, R.N., & Esteban, M. Limits to Coastal Adaptation in Samoa: Insights and Experiences. Limits to Climate Change Adaptation. Leal Filho W., Nalau J. (eds) Climate Change Management. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-64599-5_16. 2018

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