Kate Lonsdale

I have worked on resilience building and adaptation to a changing climate as a researcher, trainer, facilitator, consultant, mentor, evaluator and in an advisory capacity for over 22 years in both developed and developing country contexts. I have lead and managed projects in a range of settings including civil society, academia and government policy and within organizations that aim to create a bridge between these different sectors.  Key areas of interest are how you put vague concepts like ‘resilience’, ‘social learning’ or ‘transformational adaptation’ into practice; how you make climate information usable; how transformation adaptation can be achieved without exacerbating vulnerability; how you identify different perspectives on ‘success’ and bring together ‘unlikely alliances’ rather than the usual subjects.

I enjoy designing and facilitating participatory processes, workshops and events which provide a space for dialogue and learning and am an accredited action learning set facilitator.   I was the Learning Team Lead, HMG Climate Change Compass as part of the IMC Worldwide Ltd team. Formerly ICF MEL, Compass was established by DFID, BEIS and Defra to learn from current ICF programmes to inform future climate finance investment decisions and policy in, and beyond, the ICF.  I have a PhD on the design of urban drainage systems and a PGDip in facilitating organisational change.  I was the 2012 Victorian Centre for Climate Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) International Visiting Fellow in Melbourne focussing on how to build effective state policy-research collaborations for climate change. 

Participation Methods

How is it done?

There is a general suite of methodologies and tools that can be combined and applied in a situation specific manner with some being more participatory than others.

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Barriers to Participation

Obstacles to participation

There is no doubt that stakeholder approaches based on genuine participation can be very effective and useful but participation is generally not quick and easy....

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Benefits of Participation

Participatory initiatives are likely to be sustainable as they build on local capacity, the participants have 'ownership' of them and they are more likely to be compatible with long term...
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Learning and Power

In thinking about how stakeholders are engaged in processes that aim to enhance adaptive capacity and promote social learning I could not let go of the significance of power and how it can act...

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Social Learning in Organisations

 Goold (2006) describes barriers to learning in organisations as energy to be freed up rather than an obstacle to be overcome. In her paper she identifies a number of barriers to learning that...

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What is Social Learning?

'Social' learning is thought to occur through the sharing of knowledge between individuals, groups and organisations in society through interactions, particularly in novel environments and...

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