Kate Elizabeth Gannon
Kate is a postdoctoral researcher in the Sustainable Development team. She has a background in human geography and science and technology studies and pursues interdisciplinary and problem-focused research that explores the interactions and relationship between climate and society. Kate’s research is particularly focused on social and institutional dimensions of climate change adaptation at multiple scales, including in sub-Saharan Africa and among private sector actors.
Kate is a member of the Development Corridors Partnership, where her work focuses on how Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) objectives can be more closely integrated into development corridors in East Africa.
She is also a member of the Climate Resilience in the UK Wine Sector (CREWS-UK) research team, focusing on adaptation pathways to support sustainability in British wine production.
Kate’s other recent projects include:
– The NERC funded El Niño project that explored the impact of El Niño-related floods and drought – and associated water and electricity supply disruption – on small and medium enterprises in Botswana, Kenya and Zambia
– The Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) program, where her work focused on examining the role of the private sector/multi-stakeholder partnerships in climate change adaptation and climate resilient development in Kenya and Senegal
Prior to joining Grantham, Kate completed her PhD at King’s College London where she explored ecological worldviews and public perceptions of geoengineering through an ethnographic case study of the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation’s ocean fertilisation experiment. Kate also holds an MRes in Environmental Social Science Research and a BSc in Environmental Geography and International Development from the University of East Anglia.
- Climate change adaptation and development, including the role of the private sector
- Sub-Saharan Africa and climate change
- Development corridors and Chinese investment in Africa
- Climate change and viticulture
- Climate risk and hydropower
- Participation and geoengineering