Climate resilient researchers: essential skills to work with wicked problems

Join us for a critical exploration of global climate resilience and adaptation research.

Plant Research
08 - 09 Mar 2023

There is growing recognition of the need to re-think how we undertake adaptation and resilience research to urgently address the shifting challenges of climate change and climate variability. The ACU believes that inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches are needed to inform vital research on climate change. 

Join us for one of two collaborative and interactive online sessions to critically explore some of these research approaches. Everyone interested in this type of research is encouraged to attend, especially those in the early stages of their academic careers, as well as those who want to share their experience with the next generation of researchers.

These sessions will aim to:

  • Explore the range of resilience and adaptation research being undertaken  
  • Highlight the obvious and less obvious competencies needed to do this work
  • Create connections and establish partnerships between early-career researchers
  • Add to the adaptation research community

We will be running two virtual events on two consecutive days, with the aim of making the events accessible to attendees in multiple time zones.

Dates and times

Wednesday 8 March 2023

  • UK: Wednesday 8 March, 21:00 UTC
  • Kingston, Jamaica: Wednesday 8 March 2023, 16:00
  • Suva, Fiji: Thursday 9 March 2023, 09:00

> Sign up for the first event here


Thursday 9 March 2023

  • UK: Thursday 9 March, 11:00 UTC
  • Nairobi, Kenya: Thursday 9 March 2023, 14:00
  • New Delhi, India: Thursday 9 March 2023, 16:30

> Sign up for the second event here



  • 0-5 minutes: Introduction
  • 20 mins: Presentation on adaptation research
  • 15 mins: Facilitated small group discussions
  • 25 mins: Whole group dialogue 
  • 10 mins: Next steps
  • Event officially ends
  • 30 mins: Optional breakout rooms:
    1. Adaption research networking
    2. ACU CCRN Early Career Researchers network (only open to CCRN members)

Event coordinators

  • Catherine Fisher, independent consultant
  • Dr Jackline Nyerere, Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Professor Nii-K Plange, Fiji National University, Fiji
  • Mr Joel Saunders, University of Durham, UK
  • With support from the Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network


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Catherine Fisher

Wednesday facilitator: Catherine Fisher

Wednesday facilitator

Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher is an independent consultant specialising in design and facilitation of learning processes, particularly with climate change adaptation stakeholders. Since working at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex she has focused on theory and practice of research for impact, in particular the role of knowledge brokers.

Jackline (1)

Thursday facilitator: Dr Jackline Nyerere

Thursday facilitator

Dr Jackline Nyerere

Dr Nyerere is a Senior Lecturer of Educational Leadership and  Policy at Kenyatta University, Kenya. Her focus is on the internationalisation of education, and education for sustainable development. Jackline is currently a co-investigator in the Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate project. Her other recent studies include the role of higher education in building a sustainable African Society.

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