Link Pack #4: Development economics, constructions of climate change

Book: Zed books, one of my favourite publishers, recently reissued several pivotal books under their Critique Influence Change Series. I just finished the incredibly provocative and engrossing \’Reclaiming Development\’ by Ha-Joon Chang and Ilene Grabel which makes a compelling case against neoliberal hegemony and maps out alternative economic instruments that can usher in stable, sustainable, and equitableContinue reading “Link Pack #4: Development economics, constructions of climate change”

Link Pack #2: Vulnerability indicators, pluralism, participatory farmer advisories

A new paper by Katherine Vincent and Tracy Cull that reviews debates around using indicators to assess climate change vulnerability. The section on \’principles for developing robust indicators\’ is interesting and emphasises the need for a clear conceptual framework, transparent choice and aggregation of indicators, a critical examination of different methodologies and their assumptions, and finally,Continue reading “Link Pack #2: Vulnerability indicators, pluralism, participatory farmer advisories”

Decision making for climate change adaptation

In a recent talk at the Walker Institute, climate change adaptation specialist Suraje Dessai stressed the need to move away from the linear model of  \’predict and provide\’ which believes that more science = better decisions = successful adaptation, towards an understanding of the limits of what science can provide. Talking in the context of decision making for climateContinue reading “Decision making for climate change adaptation”

What Makes You Happy? Unravelling well-being and personal satisfaction

Farmer prosperity is closely linked to food security. One of the questions I am most apprehensive about as well as look forward to most during my interviews with farmers is this: “What, according to you, is necessary for a farmer to be happy?”  Infamous as a person who drinks less water than a camel (yes, recently I hadContinue reading “What Makes You Happy? Unravelling well-being and personal satisfaction”