CCRN opportunities

Theme: Global challenges

Opportunities for members of the Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network

If you are interested in getting involved with any of the below opportunities, please email to register your interest. 

Institutional resilience

Institutional resilience working group

Those with an interest in collaborating on strengthening the multi-hazard resilience of higher education institutions, including through the development of resilience standards and of contingency and continuity of operations tools and training, are invited to sign up to the CCRN institutional resilience working group.

Social protection working group

The University of the West Indies, Fiji National University and Tata Institute of Social Sciences expressed strong interest in establishing a working group to take forward work in relation to social protection and disaster resilience. This includes work intersecting with the protection of student populations. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the working group.

Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate

The CCRN is developing a dialogue with the Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate (Climate U) research project. The project, which involves several ACU member institutions, aims to strengthen the contribution of universities in tackling the causes and impacts of climate change in lower-income contexts.

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Teaching and learning

Virtual guest lectures and teaching collaborations

There is strong interest within the CCRN in developing a programme of virtual guest lectures and online teaching collaboration in climate related disciplines. Contact us to express your interest.

Climate resilient livelihoods module

Network members from Durham University, UK and the University of Cape Town, South Africa completed a virtual visiting fellowship in 2020. A key output of this collaboration will be a module development outline for climate resilient livelihoods. Those with an interest in the uptake of the outline, and to assisting in its review, are invited to get in touch.

Co-supervision of PhD candidates & external examination

Those interested in joining a registry of peers interested in exploring opportunities to provide or access co-supervision or external examination roles are invited to get in touch.


Climate and health

The CCRN will soon launch an initiative focussed on challenges of climate and health (particularly in Small Island States). Let us know if you are interested in participating or would like to find out more.

Data management

The University of the South Pacific is interested in collaborations targeted at supporting Data Management capacity in the Small Island States. Please contact us to register your interest.

Interested in hydrology and flood research?

Dr. Arpita Mandal, Senior Lecturer (Hydrology and Hydrogeology, Hydrological Modelling, Groundwater Contaminant Study), Department of Geography and Geology, University of the West Indies would like to connect with peers on research interests in hydrology and flood.

Synthesis study: ‘Building Climate Resilient Communities: Living Within the Earth’s Carrying Capacity’

Professor Gordon McBean, C.M., O.Ont, PhD, FRSC Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography & Environment,  Western University, Canada would like to connect with peers with an interest in contributing to a synthesis study addressing the following questions:

  • cost-effective actions to reduce existing risks
  • prevent risk creation through the planning of urban and community areas to reduce exposure to heat, floods, water levels and other risks
  • the design and construction of infrastructure to reduce its exposure and vulnerability; and
  • the financial, socio-culture and economic impacts of these risks and impacts


Share your climate story

The ACU will be providing various platforms (events, impact stories, publications, podcasts etc) throughout 2021 to showcase the critical contributions of universities to addressing climate and environmental challenges. If you have a story or project you would like us to feature, please share details with us by emailing

What are your plans for COP26?

The ACU will be at COP26 in Glasgow and would like to know how our members are engaging with COP26 and associated events and process before and during COP in order to highlight your work.  Please share your plans for COP26 with us by emailing

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Theme: Global challenges