Anna Taylor

Climate Adaptation Researcher & Knowledge Co-Producer

Hi, I work part-time for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), with the SEI Oxford group in the UK. Having been in Oxford for 4.5 years (2006-2010), these days I work mainly out of Cape Town, South Africa, doing my PhD research and moving between the university and the local municipal government as part of the Mistra Urban Futures programme and now the FRACTAL project. This enables me to get a range of perspectives on climate adaptation information needs and learning opportunities from both the research community and the policy community. 

My work of late includes working with colleagues on: developing training modules for professional development courses on climate adaptation; exploring how ecosystem-based approaches to climate adaptation can be integrated into development planning; and researching urban governance and adaptation decision making to address flooding and coastal inundation. I have also been doing some work on climate risk communication, looking at how to bring different kinds of knowledge (for example formalised climate science knowledge, public policy knowledge, and tacit localised experiential knowledge) into 'dialogue' in order to make decisions on how to adapt to climate change, within competing priorities. This has application at all scales, and more importantly across scales, but right now I am particularly interested in the city scale as a point of entry.

Within the weADAPT platform I am editor of the Using Climate Information Initiative, which focusses on linking climate data and scientific analyses with the operational knowledge of those tasked with making policy decisions and implementing adaptation strategies. This involves a lot of experimentation and learning from each others' successes and challenges, so I look forward to collaborating with you on this in some shape or form!

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RAMSES adaptation in cities project

The RAMSES project is delivering quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures, focusing on cities.

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FRACTAL climate and cities project

FRACTAL is a 4-year project with the aim to advance scientific knowledge about Southern Africa's climate, and integrate this knowledge into decisions at the city-regional scale.

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SEI Methods of Engagement

This project, funded by SIDA Programme Support, sought to better understand the various ways in which SEI staff engage 'the public' (or various publics) with their research, as well as...

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Cape Town lessons in adapting

How to be a municipality that is adapting well: lessons from within the City of Cape Town from weADAPT

Since 2006 there have been efforts within the City of Cape Town local government...

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Southern Africa Adaptation Colloquium Film

This short film captures the key messages and debates emerging from the first Southern Africa Adaptation Colloquium, held in November 2013.

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Post-Sandy coastal protection

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast of the United States of America, damaging or destroying an estimated 300,000 homes and claiming 60 lives in the coastal areas of the State of...

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Anna is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

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C3D+

To improve the capacity of research and training institutions in developing countries to support climate change adaptation and mitigation action.
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Small Islands and Climate Change

Promoting an understanding of the vulnerabilities and resilience of islands not only among SIDS but also among countries with islands.
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Urban Adaptation to Climate Change

Views on trends, challenges, findings and case studies of cities adapting throughout the world.
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Vulnerability

Guidelines and tools for assessing the social and biophysical vulnerability to climate change.
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Transforming Governance

Advancing new insights into good governance for sustainable development in the face of social and ecological change.
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Adaptation Decision Making

Sharing methods, tools and approaches for adaptation decision-making.
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