Monthly Archives: January 2013

Postdoctoral Fellowships and PhD/Masters Bursaries in African Climate Change at the University of Cape Town

vulnerability index aA number of post-doctoral fellowships and post-graduate research bursaries in climate change are available at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Climate change is a cross-university strategic priority area, with expertise situated over twenty departments and research centres, and coordinated by the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI – Areas of particular strength at UCT include (i) physical climate science, (ii) vulnerability, impacts and adaptation, and (iii) mitigation. The Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG – is the lead centre at UCT for physical atmospheric climate science, climate scenarios and climate services. The Energy Research Centre (ERC – is a multi-disciplinary centre, housed in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, which focuses on Energy Efficiency, Energy & Climate Change, and Energy Poverty & Development. Other centres and departments working on climate change can found listed at

Specific topics for these fellowships and bursaries are listed below.

1.     Regional Climate Change and Variability in Africa

2.     Climate Services/Information for Climate Adaptation, Risk Management and Policy

3.     Climate Change Adaptation, with a focus on ecosystem-based and community-based adaptation approaches

4.     Emerging Climate Risk, Thresholds and Agriculture in Africa

5.     Climate Change and Bio-Economy

To apply please follow instructions in the further particulars, which can be found at:

Kulima authors guidance notes on Adaptive Social Protection for the Institute of Development Studies

ASP guidance notesThe Adaptive Social Protection Programme at the Institute of Development Studies has just released "Adaptive Social Protection: Making Concepts a Reality. Guidance Notes for Practitioners", written by Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull.  Adaptive social protection is a concept that builds on the synergies between social protection, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction to ensure that the livelihoods of the poor are resilient in the context of changing climate and disaster risks.  The guidance notes have been published at the end of the 2 year Adaptive Social Protection Programme, and translate research findings into tangible guidance aimed at practitioners in all three sub-disciplines who wish to expand their approach to one of aaptive social protection.