Sukaina Bharwani

I have a background in both social anthropology and computer science, which provides me with a unique perspective on climate change adaptation issues (risk, perceptions and behaviour) and I look for innovative methods to link qualitative and quantitative data and methods to further climate adaptation research. My interests include co-exploring and formalising local knowledge and more specifically tacit knowledge in a way that can be useful for understanding what drives adaptation decision-making to help reduce vulnerability to climate change.

My current research includes supporting urban adaptation in southern Africa through transdisciplinary knowledge co-production processesconnecting and visualising communities working on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Europe, contributing to the field of climate services, and supporting the design of effective science, policy and practice events through training and capacity development.

weADAPT Co-ordinator:

I coordinate the strategic and technical development of weADAPT.  My role in weADAPT and my research on knowledge management involves breaking down knowledge silos and reducing knowledge fragmentation by translating user needs (collated from our Knowledge Partners and networks) into the features and functionality that are of greatest benefit to climate adaptation research, practice, learning, collaboration and knowledge exchange.

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Transforming knowledge management for climate action

Addressing the climate crisis requires ready access to data and information. This paper outlines a road map to make knowledge discovery and learning faster and more efficient.

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Key boundary partners for bridging CCA and DRR in Europe.

Key insights for bridging CCA and DRR in the European Green Deal

The PLACARD manifesto shares insights that bridge climate change adaptation & disaster risk reduction - 3 action areas to improve cooperation & recommendations for the European Green Deal.

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Windhoek city stakeholders participating in the co-exploring language activity.

“How-to” Guide: Co-exploring Terminologies

This brief explains how to conduct a terminology co-exploration exercise for climate change adaptation decision-making.

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Windhoek city stakeholders participating in the co-exploring language activity.

"Explainer" Guide: Co-exploring Terminologies

This brief explains why co-exploring language and terminology is important for creating a level playing field at the beginning of a multi-stakeholder engagement.​

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Learning Labs in Windhoek (video)

This video outlines how the Learning Labs approach brings stakeholders together to tackle climate change adaptation issues emerging in urban Africa. 

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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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Sukaina 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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National Adaptation Planning

Designing robust, flexible adaptation strategies for national adaptation plans.
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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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Economics of adaptation

Assessing the costs of adaptation using multiple lines of evidence.
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