Former staff

Joanna Pardoe

Former Research Officer

Joanna was a postdoctoral researcher on the Future Climate For Africa UMFULA project. She joined the GRI in January 2016 after completing her PhD at the United Nations University in Bonn. Joanna’s research interests are centred on the socio-economic aspects of climate driven hazards, with a particular emphasis on novel qualitative research approaches. Her doctoral thesis examined vulnerability and adaptation to multiple hazards in West Africa and her work on UMFULA will build on this with a focus on decision making under uncertainty in Central and Southern Africa.


Prior to her PhD, Joanna obtained a Masters degree specialising in water science, policy and management at the University of Oxford and subsequently spent three years as a Researcher at Middlesex University’s Flood Hazard Research Centre.


Research article  4 December, 2018

Business experience of floods and drought-related water and electricity supply disruption in three cities in sub-Saharan Africa during the 2015/2016 El Niño

The El Niño event in 2015/2016 was one of the strongest since at least 1950. Through surveys and interviews with key informants, we found businesses in the capital cities of … read more »

Research article  6 October, 2018

How do staff motivation and workplace environment affect capacity of governments to adapt to climate change in developing countries?

Government ministries are increasingly mainstreaming climate change adaptation within policies and plans. However, government staff in key implementing ministries need to be empowered to ensure effective delivery of policy goals. … read more »

Working paper  2 July, 2018

Climate information needs in Southern Africa: a review

There are currently challenges to generating climate services relating both to the supply of climate science and its application. This paper from the UMFULA project reviews the current availability of climate information in Southern Africa and assesses the requirements of a variety of end users in the region, highlighting the importance of creating user-tailored climate services. read more »

Research article  9 April, 2018

Climate change adaptation and cross-sectoral policy coherence in southern Africa

Using the cases of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, this paper investigates the extent of coherence in national policies across the water and agriculture sectors and to climate change adaptation goals outlined in national development plans. read more »

Research article  5 January, 2018

Hydrological Response and Complex Impact Pathways of the 2015/2016 El Niño in Eastern and Southern Africa

The 2015/2016 El Niño was one of the three most severe on record. El Niño is commonly linked to droughts in southern Africa and extreme rainfall in eastern Africa but … read more »


Research article  6 December, 2017

Climate change and the water–energy–food nexus: insights from policy and practice in Tanzania

Using document analysis and key informant interviews, this article examines how climate change is addressed in policy, how it is being mainstreamed into water, energy and agriculture sector policies and the extent to which cross-sectoral linkages enable coordinated action. These questions are addressed through a case study of Tanzania, highlighting broader lessons for other developing countries, particularly those in SSA facing similar challenges. read more »

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Policy publications  1 August, 2018

Policy coherence for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa

Coherent, cross-sectoral approaches to policy development are essential to meeting the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing on research from southern Africa, this brief makes recommendations for improving coherence, which is currently partial to weak across the region. read more »


Policy publications  4 November, 2017

Future climate projections for Tanzania

This brief provides an overview of future climate change in Tanzania, using results from the latest available climate model simulations. The UMFULA research team of the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme has analysed 34 Global Climate Models (GCMs) that provide projections for Tanzania to try to distil robust messages and some key trends that may help planning and decision-making. read more »

Policy publications  27 October, 2017

Future climate projections for Malawi

This brief provides an overview of future climate change in Malawi, using results from the latest available climate model simulations. The UMFULA research team of the Future Climate for Africa … read more »

Policy publications  26 September, 2017

Guide: How to understand and interpret global climate model results

Global climate models (GCMs) are the most widely used method to understand future climate change. A new guide from the Future Climate for Africa Programme explains how to interpret GCM … read more »

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Commentary  14 October, 2016

How can Africa’s SMEs become more resilient to climatic disruption?

A new Grantham Research Institute project is exploring the impact of El Niño and La Niña events on small-and medium-sized enterprises in Africa. read more »

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Policy Seminars 4 Oct 2018

Webinar: Policy coherence for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa

In this webinar, we’ll share new analysis of differing degrees of policy coherence to achieve sustainable development in the water, energy and food (agriculture) sectors, including meeting the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). read more »


Grantham Workshop 21 Jun 2017

Grantham Workshop | Joanna Pardoe 'Climate change and the water-energy-food nexus: Policy and practice in Tanzania'

Joanna Pardoe, a Research Officer at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, will be the speaker for this seminar. A full abstract … read more »

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