New paper: Risks and responses in India’s drylands

The latest World Bank Report on climate change in South Asia proclaims “South Asia is highly vulnerable to climate change. And it’s getting worse”. There is an ever-increasing body of research showing that India is facing and will continue to face rising temperatures, more erratic rainfall, and more severe drought-like conditions. The implications of theseContinue reading “New paper: Risks and responses in India’s drylands”

Envisioning with empathy: Reflections on the Transformative Scenario Planning Methodology

Last month, my team organised and participated in a training workshop on a methodology called Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP). Aimed at envisioning and co-creating futures in situations that are seemingly stuck, cannot be resolved by one/few actors, and are complex and conflict-ridden, the TSP has been used across the globe from post-apartheid South Africa to democraticContinue reading “Envisioning with empathy: Reflections on the Transformative Scenario Planning Methodology”

What\’s the difference between adaptation and development?

How do we differentiate between adaptation and development? Are development projects being re-branded to show that they are meeting climate change goals in a bid to attract funds? Or is adaptation just the latest fad; nothing more than development with a climate change hat on? Drip irrigation is ubiquitous in water-scarce Kolar. Photo by ChandniContinue reading “What\’s the difference between adaptation and development?”

Teaching (and learning about) vulnerability

In December, I helped organise an exciting 3-day course on vulnerability and the concepts and methods used to assess it. The course was attended by 30 participants from various disciplines and from sectors as varied as government officials, PhD researchers, NGO and private sector professionals. We used a mix of classroom teaching, games, field visitsContinue reading “Teaching (and learning about) vulnerability”

Pushing disciplinary boundaries: No, really.

As nerdy as it may sound, I enjoy learning. I look forward to hearing new ideas and meeting people with varied research interests. This year as a postdoc on the ASSAR consortium, I have found myself flooded with opportunities to just this – attend trainings, go to conferences, meet some really good researchers, and inContinue reading “Pushing disciplinary boundaries: No, really.”

Interview | CARIAA Young Researchers

Filling up a monitoring form for a medicinal plant nursery in Keylong, Himachal Pradesh (2008).  Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) is an IDRC and DFID funded project working on building resilience of vulnerable populations in vulnerability hotspots. As part of their series on young researchers working on climate change issues, I wasContinue reading “Interview | CARIAA Young Researchers”

Ecological restoration as an adaptation to climate variability: reflections from a visit to Navadarshanam

It\’s been three months into my new job as a postdoctoral researcher working on a multi-country, multidisciplinary project called Adaptation at Scale in Semi-arid Regions (ASSAR). The journey has been an exciting and challenging experience so far. In a recent blog, I documented my research team\’s visit to Navadarshanam and discussed how perhaps scaling up nicheContinue reading “Ecological restoration as an adaptation to climate variability: reflections from a visit to Navadarshanam”

ASSAR Annual Meeting: Notes on collaborative, interdisciplinary research

On my first day as a postdoctoral researcher on the ASSAR (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-arid Regions) project, I was hurled into a week-long ASSAR Annual Meeting held at IIHS, Bangalore. A wonderful mix between workshop, project meeting, networking event and academic brainstorming session, the week was the best possible induction I could get intoContinue reading “ASSAR Annual Meeting: Notes on collaborative, interdisciplinary research”