Find out about recent research on how climate information is brought to bear on decision-making in southern African cities. Development of sustainable cities needs to be based on robust climate information while also involving local communities.
This article establishes the basis and sets the direction for future knowledge (co)production and planning work in relation to the adaptation and climate resilience aspects of navigating a ‘Just Transition’ in South Africa.
I’m currently based at the University of Cape Town (with the Climate Systems Analysis Group) as the coordinator for the Future Resilience for African CiTies and Lands (FRACTAL) project. In this role, I’m currently working with project partners, funders and the broader FCFA group to coordinate engagements and research that will support the overarching objectives of FRACTAL, namely to support resilient development pathways in Southern African city regions. I’m also contributing to some of the hands-on research that is being undertaken within FRACTAL, particularly related to transdisciplinary co-production of climate knowledge, and how this concept is operationalized within the project. I've been working in the field of climate change adaptation for a number of years, particularly through designing and managing donor-funded projects for UN organisations (including GEF, Adaptation Fund and GCF) in Africa and Asia. Through this experience, I've gained skills in working with a variety of stakeholders including representatives from government through to rural communities, project implementation and management, and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of adaptation projects. Prior to my current position, I was also managing a research project for the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in South Africa. Before joining the field of climate change and adaptation planning, my work involved designing spatially explicit (GIS-based) land management and biodiversity action plans for South African and International clients, with the focus predominantly on the Mineral Resources and Energy sectors in Africa.