Climate Action

Interested Scholars

The following scholars are interested in this topic:

PhD Candidate Egypt Academic Discipline: Computer/Data Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy Interests Keywords: Big Data, Computational Models., Decision-Making, development, Disasters, Game Theory, political economy About me: Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy, Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well-being, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, [...]

Dr. China Academic Discipline: Computer/Data Sciences, Economics, Education, History, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, Sociology Interests Keywords: conflict, global governance, international political economy, International Relations, regional development and policy About me: Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy, Climate Action, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well-being, Industry, Innovation and [...]

Cristina Rodrigues combines her extensive regional experience – particularly in the Portuguese speaking countries – with a doctorate degree in African Studies in Social Sciences from the University Institute of Lisbon in Portugal. She brings more than a decade of research and evaluation experience on United Nations, European Union, USAID, and government-funded projects in Africa. Her experience includes conducting baseline assessments, surveys, mid-term and final program evaluations, project evaluations for child labour, human trafficking, gender policy, civil society, social protection, education and environmental protection activities in Africa. She is currently a Senior Researcher with the Nordic Africa Institute in Sweden. She speaks fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Xiaoli Lu (PhD Utrecht University) is Associate Professor at Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management, and Associate Director at Tsinghua’s Center for Crisis Management Research. Lu has published widely on topics of Crisis and Disaster Management, and Organizational issues. His most recent book is Managing Uncertainty in Crisis: Exploring the Impact of Institutionalization on Organizational Sense Making. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology, Beijing Social Science Foundation and Beijing Earthquake Administration. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journals Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy and Journal of Risk, Disaster & Crisis Research (in Chinese), and the board of the China Society of Emergency Management. He is also the founder of the China Crisis Management Website (www.crisis119.org), and the co-founder of the Youth Sub-forum and Summer School affiliated to the Forum of Fifty on Emergency Management.

Djamiou Ohounko has nine years of experience enjoying market research and management.
Particularly, he creates, evaluates and executes projects within organizations and also as an external
partner in West Africa. He constructed frameworks for 5+ surveys across key sectors, then trained 200+
surveyors and supervised fieldworks with a cumulative sample of 5,000+ respondents. In addition, he
analyzed data and written many reports for polls as well as managed disseminations.

Besides, serving
his community and promoting sustainable development goals, led him to co-found an environmental and
community based association “La Brigade Verte” (Benin) in 2017. He is in charge of communications
and created awareness for 1,000+ people, managed 3 projects as well as trained 350+ pupils on
environmental issues including climate change. Furthermore, he was part of the team that identified
solutions to improve resilience.

Djamiou holds a Bachelor’s degree in management of organizations and
he is an MBA candidate of African School of Economics. His goal is to pursue a PhD in finance to go in-depth on how financial inclusion foster climate resilience in Africa.

Current Masunungure comes from the rugged and scenic Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. Growing up in such an environment, he fell in love with nature and completed his honours degree in Forest resources with distinction at NUST, Zimbabwe. He was then awarded the prestigious Beit Trust Scholarship to pursue his MSc in Environmental Science, Rhodes University. His current research interest focus on management of invasive alien plants under inherent uncertainty and risks.

Joshua is a Decision Analyst with diverse experience in research and development. He has worked with Topimage Limited, a below the line advertising agency, as a Trade Development Representative and he currently works with the International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) as a Research Fellow. He has supported decisions for different organisations including the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in its program on Biodiversity Management. He holds a bachelors degree in Microbiology from Kenyatta University and he is currently pursuing a masters degree in Management Information System (MIS) at the same university. His current work focuses on scientific advice and foresight in complex systems, where he strives to learn from interventions targeting livelihoods and soil conservation.

I am an academic, researcher and broadcaster. My research is on climate change and national security. I am also interested about social resilience, democracy, development economy, good governance

Cinema audiences and reception

This project seeks to develop literature on the voices of cinema-going audiences in Nigeria, Ghana (two vibrant Anglophone filmmaking countries on the continent) and other African countries. Very little information exists on the history of spectatorship, audiences’ socio-economic status, viewing preferences and interpretive strategies of African film audiences. Through ethnographic and survey approaches, existing knowledge gaps will be closed with rich and layered descriptions of film spectatorship and audiences. The publications produced from the research will be useful to scholars, filmmakers, cinema operators and investors, who require more than market research surveys for creative intervention. The objectives of the study are to produce an updated history of spectatorship in Nigeria and Ghana, with an overview of contemporary spaces and media of African cinema audiences (including Internet, cinemas, Africa Magic channels etc); to examine and document the socio-economic status, audience preferences and interpretive strategies of African cinema-going audiences in an attempt to close existing knowledge gaps in film scholarship; to complement the audience work which I began in Lagos in July 2016, given that the Nigerian and Ghanaian film industries arguably share commonalities in terms of their postcolonial status, cultural production models and values. The reception of particular filmmakers is welcome.

African film and social change

The impact of films, particularly documentary films, is already being tracked and documented in South Africa. Arguably, the same can hardly be said of scholars working in the eastern and western parts of the continent. In India – where a thriving film industry also exists – social change is attributed to Partition films, for example. And in the United States, the plethora of films that depict politics and history generate huge debates on representational strategies and social change. Several of such films are used as instructional aids in formal learning environments; and the way they shape our knowledge of the world is well-documented. This project examines the social function of films – documentaries and feature-length productions. Where films are used to promote development, peace, reconciliation or conflict resolution, it is of interest to examine how that was achieved. To deal with the objective of measuring the impact of socio-political films, such films have to be strategically exposed to key stakeholders. These include those who are able to effect the desired change i.e. policy makers and researchers, relevant government agencies, social and political activists and non-governmental organisations to mention a few. Therefore, the methods of this project will include historical and contemporary perspectives of film screenings and their effects, focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews of key individuals. This will also broaden the scope of study thus yielding richer analyses of film and social change.

Celebrity studies

This study seeks to examine the motivations of celebrity crossover from entertainment to political office. It is quite common to listen to media celebrities discussing their intentions to create social impact by giving back to the society that contributed to their rise to stardom. Some celebrities believe that this contribution can be achieved by occupying a political office. However, scholars and celebrity fans have expressed reservations about celebrities’ crossover into politics because of a presumed lack of expertise in political affairs. With the huge fan base that some Nigerian celebrities have within and outside the African continent, it is quite easy to promote social causes and create impact through their social media pages without necessarily venturing into politics. And so, being conscious of their positions yet seeking political offices implies that some motivations are unclear to the public. It is therefore necessary to probe the motivations of these celebrities crossing over to hold political offices. Also worthy of scholarly attention are the pains and gains of the crossover as well as the decisions to remain politicians after a term has been served, to return to their previous art or to straddle both worlds. This project will benefit from all the methods applicable to case studies.

I work primarily in relation to theatre, but also use other art forms; film, drawing, poetry, photography and literature. I teach, research, direct, train and run a range of projects in realtion to arts in Africa. Most of my work has taken place in East and the Horn of Africa and I have lived and worked in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Zimbabwe and The Gambia as well as visiting many other African nations. My current range of projects are all in Kenya and Uganda and focus around using the arts to promote gender equity and creativity with particular interestssexual health education and maternal mortality. I regularly work in an interdisciplinary mode using arts to research and to ‘speak to power’.

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