Anna Taylor

Climate Adaptation Researcher & Knowledge Co-Producer

Anna is a geographer specializing in climate adaptation, with a focus on African cities. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, engaging in transdisciplinary research on climate resilient, sustainable urbanism, public decision making and multi-level governance. She has expertise in facilitating multi-stakeholder engagements, theorizing adaptation, and conducting case study research and organizational ethnography. Since 2005, Anna has been working on research and consulting projects related to climate risks and adaptation. She completed her PhD entitled ‘Urban climate adaptation as a process of organisational decision making’ in 2017, working as an embedded researcher in Cape Town’s city government. Since joining the University of Cape Town in 2011, Anna works with the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) and the African Centre for Cities (ACC). Between 2006 and 2010, Anna worked full-time for the Stockholm Environment Institute based in Oxford, UK, which included starting up the weADAPT platform, and after moving back to South Africa, continued working with SEI Oxford in a part-time capacity until 2019. 

Windhoek, Namibia.

Co-producing climate information for Windhoek decision making

This working paper provides an overview of a project that sought to co-produce, communicate and share climate change information to improve decision-making processes for adaptation in Windhoek, Namibia.

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Climate Risk in Africa: Adaptation and Resilience

This book highlights the complexities around making adaptation decisions and building resilience in the face of climate risk, using insights from sub-Saharan Africa.

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Step-by-step guide: Using climate information to support adaptation planning and policy-making

Guidance on how to quickly and easily access climate data for many locations across Africa, using an interactive map.

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Durban river site visit (Photo credit: Alice McClure)

Transformative adaptation in cities

A review of academic and grey literature addressing transformative adaptation, with a focus on cities, including two case studies, Durban in South Africa and Harare in Zimbabwe.

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Research Methods for Understanding and Supporting Decision Processes in African Cities

This paper explores how several decision-making "process" and "support " methods can lead to better informed climate change adaptation decisions in Southern Africa.

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Transdisciplinarity, co-production, and co-exploration

This working paper presents the concepts of transdisciplinarity, knowledge co-production, and coexploration and their challenges, and how they are being operationalised in FRACTAL.

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

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Climate Resilient Development

Approaches, tools, methods, and guidance for progressing towards Climate Resilient Development, and experiences and learning from how these are being applied in practice. 
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Small islands in Sipalay in Negros Occidental, Philippines (December 2019)

Small Islands and Climate Change

This theme curates information on the impacts of climate change on islands and the many approaches and activities that island inhabitants have done to respond to these impacts.
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Cities and 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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Governance, institutions and policy

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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