The research project analyses the relationship between risk perceptions and adaptation strategies at a local government level. To best understand this relationship, it also explores the ways in which the risk perceptions and adaptation approaches, tools and conceptual frameworks of international epistemic communities -namely international environmental governance organisations – influence the risk perceptions and risk response mechanisms of local governments. With housing at the centre of the New Urban Agenda, the project focuses specifically on housing related climate change risk in 34 African cities. Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis, the project hopes to map the complex causality between risk perceptions, mechanisms of policy diffusion and the risk response strategies of African sub-national governments.
We provide a disciplinary and multidisciplinary research programme aimed at advanced understanding of environmental problems and advanced training of PhD candidates in this field.