Link Pack #12: Three papers on barriers to adaptation

I recently came across three papers on adaptation barriers which are a back and forth between some authors in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Although focussed on adaptation barriers in the forestry sector, the points they make are quite interesting for climate change researchers in general. Williamson and Nelson 2017: Talk of 3 typesContinue reading “Link Pack #12: Three papers on barriers to adaptation”

What are the costs of studying over-researched places?

Over at Twitter, Cat Button recently advertised a Call for Papers on “Over-researched Places”. Fascinating right? Wondering about research spaces that are revisited and researched repeatedly, she calls for reflexive interrogation of the issue of “researcher saturation and its consequences”. Over-researched places in urban India The idea immediately appealed to me. In development research acrossContinue reading “What are the costs of studying over-researched places?”

Thoughts on two new papers from vulnerability and adaptation research

I read two very interesting papers from adaptation and vulnerability research last week. In Operationalizing longitudinal approaches to climate change vulnerability assessment, Fawcett et al. (2017) make a case for longitudinal methodological approaches when studying vulnerability and adaptation. The lack of attention paid to temporality has been a long-held peeve of mine (it\’s gotten so badContinue reading “Thoughts on two new papers from vulnerability and adaptation research”

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”

PhD Tips: Second Year or Fieldwork as a Planned Adventure

When I wrote out tips for First year PhD students, I didn\’t realise it would become the most viewed post on my blog (nearly 1200 views to date!). Between picking up a new job, relocating back to India, and getting used to post-PhD life (who knew I\’d miss it so?!), I found myself going throughContinue reading “PhD Tips: Second Year or Fieldwork as a Planned Adventure”

Book Review: Research for Development, A Practical Guide

Research for Development is a comprehensive guide to commissioning, managing and undertaking research in development work.  It is useful for students of development research and teachers looking for a robust and engaging teaching tool. Read my review here. Sage Publications, 440 pp.