Jesse DeMaria-Kinney

Head of Secretariat

Jesse is the Head of Secretariat of the Adaptation Research Alliance. He has 15 years of experience working at the interface of science-policy-practice in Asia, Africa and Latin America with international and local NGOs and the United Nations. His work has focused on the thematic areas of climate change adaptation, nature-based solutions and Research for Impact, including multi-stakeholder process design and facilitation. Previously, Jesse co-founded PlanAdapt, a network-based organisation focused on climate risk management & adaptation, and managed and coordinated Oxfam’s role as the Research-for-Impact (or research-into-use) lead partner in the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) consortium. He is an Africa Climate Development Initiative (ACDI) Associate and course instructor for the Research-for-Impact online course hosted by the University of Cape Town.

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Climate justice for people and nature through urban EbA

Examples of urban EbA interventions, predominantly in the Global South, are explored in this paper and linked with seven proposed EbA social principles related to climate justice.

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MOOC: Research for Impact

Online training for Research and Development Professionals about the Research for Impact approach - principles and practices that will make your research more impactful.

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Prosus #2: Building capacity for climate change adaptation in semi-arid regions

The second issue of START’s ProSus magazine features research and stories from the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) program.

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The CARIAA RiU Learning Guide

This learning guide is designed to provide research teams with a bottom-up and experience based tool to better understand the effectiveness of different approaches to Research-into-Use (RiU).

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Botswana Information Brief

Characterised by high rainfall variability, frequent droughts, low soil moisture and extreme events such as flash floods, these areas experience high levels of community vulnerability.

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

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SDC Climate Change & Environment Network

The CC&E Network provides a knowledge exchange platform for development practitioners, organizations and SDC staff and partners working in and around climate change and environment issues
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ASSAR

This 5-year research project seeks to better understand barriers and enablers to widespread transformative adaptation to advance adaptive livelihoods for vulnerable groups
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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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Nature-based Solutions

Enhancing nature-based solutions to support climate adaptation.
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Adaptation Decision Making

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

This theme covers information and research for understanding and using climate data, communicating climate change and providing effective climate services.
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