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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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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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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Climate Information Distillation

This briefing note presents a distillation framework: an attempt to re-think how we go about constructing information to inform decisions. 

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

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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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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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Climate Adaptation Learning Resources

Training modules and other resources on climate analysis, vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning.
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