Hayley Leck

Post Doctoral Researcher

Hayley’s research focuses on climate change adaptation and the political ecology of climate resilient development.

She joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in March 2013.


Hayley holds a PhD in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a BSocSci Honours Degree in Geography and Environmental Management (Summa Cum Laude), along with a BSocSci Degree in Environmental Studies (Cum Laude) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Research interests

  • Adaptation to climate change at multiple scales in urban and rural contexts;
  • Governance of climate change adaptation;
  • Political ecology of climate change governance and adaptation;
  • Human security and disaster risk reduction;
  • Water – energy – food nexus
Working paper  11 March, 2015

Multinational corporations and climate adaptation – Are we asking the right questions? A review of current knowledge and a new research perspective

Adapting to climate change requires the engagement of all actors in society. Until recently, predominant research focus has been on governments, communities and the third sector as key actors in … read more »


Research article  20 May, 2014

Beyond urban-rural boundaries: Encouraging inter-municipal collaboration for climate change adaptation in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Chapter 5 in Steele,W., Alizadeh, T., Eslami-Andargoli, L., and Serrao-Neumann, S (eds) Planning Across Borders in a Climate of Change, Routledge: London.

Research article  27 March, 2014

Urban Dynamics and the Challenges of Global Environmental Change in the South

Simon, D., and Leck, H. 2014. In Parnell, S., and Oldfield, S (eds.) A Routledge Handbook on Cities and the Global South, Routledge: London.

Research article  6 March, 2014

The ethics of doing research with interpreters: Including both the researcher's and the interpreter's voice.

Leck, H. 2014. Chapter 6 in Lunn, J. Fieldwork in the Global South: Ethical Challenges and Dilemmas, Routledge: London.

Research article  1 March, 2014

Urban Adaptation to Climate/Environmental Change: Governance, Policy and Planning, Understanding urban adaptation challenges in diverse contexts

Simon, D., and Leck, H. 2014. Editorial introduction : Special issue on Urban Adaptation to Climate/Environmental Change, Urban Climate,7, (2), p1-5.


Research article  13 June, 2013

Cities, Human Security and Global Environmental Change

Simon, D., and Leck, H. 2013. In O’Brien, K., Wolf, J., and Sygna, L. (eds.) A Changing Environment for Human Security: Transformative approaches Research, Policy and Action, Earthscan.

Research article  9 June, 2013

The Role of Local Politicians and Political Realities in Shaping Urban Climate Change Agendas: The Case of eThekwini Municipality

Leck, H. 2013. In Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Research, Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Viewpoints, No.9.


Research article  8 November, 2012

A critical analysis of the contribution of municipal low carbon lifestyle innovations to sustainable development: Durban, South Africa

Scott, D., Sutherland, C., Schiermeyer, EL., Leck, H., and Beling, A. 2012. In Pelfini, A., Fulquet, G., Beling, A. (eds.). La Energía de los Emergentes. Innovación y cooperación para la … read more »

Research article  11 June, 2012

Social and Cultural Barriers to Adaptation Implementation: The Case of South Africa

Leck, H., Sutherland, C., Scott, D., and Oelofse, G. 2011. Chapter 4 in Masters, L., and Duff, L. (eds.) Overcoming Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation Implementation in Southern Africa, Pretoria: … read more »

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In the news  16 June, 2014

A nexus approach to global challenges

Resource challenges are highly interconnected. Can the idea of a food-energy-water ‘nexus’ become more than another buzzword, and help us to identify solutions? The Guardian

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