University of Cape Town

UCT aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. Taking advantage of expanding global networks and our distinct vantage point in Africa, we are committed, through innovative research and scholarship, to grapple with the key issues of our natural and social worlds. We aim to produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised and locally applicable, underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice. UCT will promote diversity and transformation within our institution and beyond, including growing the next generation of academics.

Climate Systems Analysis Group

UCT hosts CSAG, a climatology research group, in the ENGEO department. CSAG is a dynamic group of multi-disciplinary scientists with research projects linked to all aspects of the climate system.

resilience

Urban resilience and everyday risk

African cities face unique challenges and climate change threats. This paper analyzes how resiliency can be made applicable to urban African contexts.

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Child fetching water from canal in rural Namibia (Photo by Irene Kunamwene, ASSAR)

Lessons from decentralised water governance in Namibia

ASSAR's research from Namibia illustrates the pitfalls of pursuing decentralisation and participatory governance without investing adequately in strengthening the capacity of local actors.

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Transformative Scenario Planning Workshop 2

On the 24th and 25th January 2018, the second of two TSP workshops were held at the Oasis Lodge, Zanzibar. Julia Davies takes us through the process in a fantastic photo journey!

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Experimental Learning: Seasonal Forecast

This game helps participants to understand the possible uses and limitations of seasonal forecasts,their personal risk-taking preferences, and how seasonal forecasts can affect livelihood decisions.

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Experiential Learning: Vulnerability Walk

The Vulnerability Walk is a serious game that helps explore the different vulnerabilities that exist within a community and reflects on how adaptation efforts can effectively address these.

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Experiential Learning: Farming Juggle

The Farming Juggle is a dynamic exercise that can be used to explore the complex and compounding effects of multiple stressors in any system.

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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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