Date: 29 August 2019
Time: 14:00 (BST); 15:00 (SAST); 16:00 (EAT)
Duration: 90 minutes
Dr Anna Taylor
FRACTAL embedded research coordinator, Climate System Analysis Group, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
FRACTAL Embedded Researchers:
• Dr Lulu van Rooyen - University of KwaZulu Natal and eThekwini Municipality, South Africa.
• Kornelia Iipinge – University of Namibia and City of Windhoek, Namibia.
• Brenda Mwalukanga - University of Zambia and Lusaka City Council, Zambia.
• Hecrálito Mucavele – Eduardo Mondlane University and Maputo City Council, Mozambique.
• Rudo Mamombe – Chinhoyi University of Technology and City of Harare, Zimbabwe.
Building the climate resilience of African cities fits squarely within the category of complex problems that may benefit from taking a transdisciplinary approach to co-producing actionable knowledge between multiple actors and disciplines. Yet one of the key challenges in implementing a transdisciplinary approach is building enough trust, familiarity and understanding across various boundaries to engage in meaningful co-production.
The Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) project employed several strategies to address this challenge, one of which is the establishment of Embedded Researchers.
This webinar will give participants an overview of the main points raised in the FRACTAL Working Paper entitled “An Embedded Researcher approach to integrate climate information into decision making in southern African cities: lessons from FRACTAL”, including:
1. The conceptual underpinnings and rationale of the Embedded Researcher approach;
2. An overview of how the Embedded Researcher approach was operationalised in FRACTAL; through a coordinated city partnerships approach;
3. The benefits of and inhibitors to the Embedded Researcher approach;
4. The lessons learned that may be transferable to other contexts.
Dr Anna Taylor