Climate Change, Vulnerability and Resilience

The Participation, Power and Social Change research team have a long history in the use, spread and critique of participatory methodologies. Our capacity development and networking activities, including workshops and exchange visits, are linked to our research and policy work. These take place from grassroots through to global levels.

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Adinda Van Hemelrijck - DPhil Student

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akshay khanna - Research Fellow

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Alex Shankland - Research Fellow

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Catherine Setchell - Research Communications Manager

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Danny Burns - Team Leader

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Elise Wach - Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor

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Erika Lopez Franco - Research Officer

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Jethro Pettit - Director of Teaching and Learning & Research Fellow

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Jody Aked - DPhil Student

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John Gaventa - Director of Research

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Katy Oswald - Research Officer

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Maria Cascant-Sempere - DPhil Student

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Mariz Tadros - Research Fellow

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Marjoke Oosterom - Post Doctoral Researcher

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Naomi Hossain - Research Fellow

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Naysan Adlparvar - DPhil Student

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Patta Scott-Villiers - Research Fellow

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Petra Bongartz - Research Officer

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Robert Chambers - Research Associate

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Rosalind Eyben - Professorial Fellow

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Accountability at Local Level in Fragile Contexts

This collaborative project between IDS and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (HSI) was designed to contribute to learning on accountability initiatives in fragile contexts by exploring the dynamics and enabling factors within three ongoing accountability projects. More details

Assessing Social Change

Exploring the opportunities and challenges for assessing and learning about social change More details

Citizens' Media and Participatory Communication

A scoping study of the role and potential of participatory communication practices across a diverse spectrum of research programmes. More details

Critical Research Social Justice and International Aid

Seminar series for inter-disciplinary discussions on the relationship between research, aid and social justice More details

Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability

Exploring approaches that work to strengthen rights and meaningful citizenship for poor people More details

Facilitating Learning and Action for Social Change

Initiative to facilitate effective learning for social change through a better understanding of theory, experience and practice of reflection and learning More details

Food Riots and Food Rights

The objective of this research is to improve the prospects for accountability for food security at a time of volatility. This will be achieved through an exploration of the proposition that recent popular mobilisation around food has activated public accountability for hunger. More details

Immersions for Aid Practitioners

Promoting and developing immersions as a practical training method for people working in international development More details

Karimojong Citizen Research

Young researchers in northern Uganda have been probing questions posed by their own communities. From December 2012 to November 2013, they have been using action research techniques to investigate land, peace and justice in Karamoja, a post conflict society. Their findings, shared with community leaders and local government, have shed light on a fundamental problem of a society in transition out of decades of violence. More details

LogoLink, the Learning Initiative

A global network of practitioners from civil society organisations, research institutions and governments created to stimulate and support civil society organisations and networks to engage in citizen participation and social control of public policies at the local level. More details

Making All Voices Count

Making All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development (MAVC) is a four-year $45 million fund to support innovation, scaling-up, and research that will deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness. More details

Participate: Knowledge from the margins for post-2015

Ensuring that the most vulnerable and marginalised communities have the opportunity to shape post-2015 policymaking More details

Participation and Development Relations

Promoting a rights perspective to the challenges of poverty, inequality and insecurity. More details

Participation Resource Centre

The Participation Resource Centre comprises the joint collection of the IDS Participation, Power and Social Change Team and the International Institute for Environment and Development. More details is a global, online space for sharing ideas about the participation of people in development, citizenship, governance and rights. More details

Participatory Approaches to Quality Assurance

This collaboration between IDS and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) aims to bring appropriate participatory methods into quality assurance within SDC. It will also bring new levels of rigour to the principles of participation, poverty orientation and empowerment in the work of SDC and its partners. More details

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) related Familiarisation Workshops

Series of short workshops for participants wishing to get a taste of PRA and PLA approaches More details

Pathways of Women's Empowerment Research Programme Consortium

Pathways is a research and communication programme which seeks to discover where women are achieving real gains despite or because of policy and practice. It looks at how this has happened, and aims to make these pathways visible so that we can build on these revealed successes. More details

Programme Partnership between Irish Aid and IDS on Hunger Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Four years on from Irish Aid's landmark Hunger Task Force Report, hunger reduction remains an enormous challenge. This will become more difficult in the context of resource scarcity, climate change, and an increased demand for food in the emerging economies. More details

Reflective Practice and Organisational Learning and Change

Deepening individual and collective self-awareness of how our knowledge and values shape our relationships with others More details

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The Potential and Limits of the ‘Resilience Agenda’ in Peri-urban Contexts

Today, it is acknowledged that peri-urban space plays a critical and increasing role role is still poorly understood and peri-urban areas are rarely recognised in the in relation to urban expansion. Yet this different relevant decision-making spheres, leading to the political and economic marginalisation of peri-urban residents, who are often among the poor. More details

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National Level Policies Versus Local Level Realities - Can the Two be Reconciled to Promote Sustainable Adaptation?

Using three case studies, this article reviews whether or not national policies are supporting poor and vulnerable groups' ability to adapt to climate change. More details

Resilience: New Utopia or New Tyranny?

Resilience is becoming influential in development and vulnerability reduction sectors such as social protection, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Policy makers, donors and international development agencies are now increasingly referring to the term. More details

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Making Social Protection ‘Climate-Smart’

Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) aims to reduce the vulnerability of poor people to a range of shocks and ongoing stresses through the integration of social protection (SP), climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR). More details

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Climate Change and Agricultural Policy Processes in Malawi

This paper explores climate change - agriculture debates in Malawi in view of the increasing interest and funding pledges for the agricultural sector in a changing climate. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Participatory Action Research and Children: Lessons from Disaster Management and Climate Change Adaptation

Recent research and practice from the fields of climate change adaptation and disaster management has created a shift from emphasis of children’s vulnerability and need for protection towards their potential as agents of change before, during and after disaster events. More details

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Sharing Climate Adaptation Tools: Improving Decision-Making for development

The workshop was conceived in response to the growing numbers of adaptation tools being developed and piloted by development agencies and others to tackle climate-related risks, now and in the future More details

IDS publications on international development research

Farmers' Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation: Insights from Policy Processes in Kenya and Namibia

This briefing paper reports on lessons from recent studies in two areas: first on seasonal forecasting and indigenous knowledge in Kenya, and second, agro-ecological knowledge and science in Namibia. More details

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Social Protection and Climate Resilience

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IDS publications on international development research

Exploring Food Price Scenarios Towards 2030 with a Global Multi-Region Model

This report is a contribution to the Oxfam campaign 'GROW: Food.Life.Planet'. It explores a range of scenarios for food price increases to 2030 through the GLOBE model. More details

IDS Practice Paper

Tackling Poverty in a Changing Climate: Bridging Concepts and Practice for Low Carbon Climate Resilient Development

This is the second Bridging Paper from the Hub's second learning cycle: Tackling Poverty in a Changing Climate. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Children and Disasters: Understanding Impact and Enabling Agency

This report synthesises the research outputs to produce a comprehensive report looking into the need both for child sensitive programmes to tackle disasters and climate change, but also at the need for child participation in programming and policy. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Exploring climate change and disaster governance issues

Research on the governance implications of climate change and disasters for developing countries is in its infancy. Climate change brings new challenges to informal and formal institutions, and reveals new levels of uncertainty that forces us to ask questions about those governance systems. More details

Harnessing Synergies: Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes and Policies

A new report from IDS and ActionAid provides practical tips, advice and guidance for those working in the Disaster Risk Reduction sector. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Accountability for Disaster Risk Reduction: Lessons from the Philippines

This research seeks to overcome the accountability gap in processes intending to operationalise state accountability for disaster risk reduction (DRR), by understanding accountability in development as a social and political process with a focus on the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in empowering citizens to hold policymakers to account. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Vulnerability, Resilience and Development Discourses in Context of Climate Change

The paper discusses how the current climate change debate influences the way in which development is conceptualised, negotiated and implemented. The objective of the article is to explore some of the underlying controversies that characterise development discourses in the context of climate change. More details

Strengthening Climate Resilience

Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management In Brief

This publication is part of the Strengthening Climate Resilience Discussion Series which aims to elaborate concepts and application of the Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management approach. More details

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