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  • Kate Elizabeth Gannon

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    Kate is a postdoctoral researcher in the Sustainable Development team. She has a background in human geography as well as science and technology studies. Kate pursues interdisciplinary and problem-solving research that explores the interactions and relationship between climate and society. Her 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

    Background

    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.

    Research interests

    • 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

    2018

    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 »

    Working paper  16 October, 2018

    Climate change adaptation among female-led micro, small and medium enterprises in semi-arid areas: a case study from Kenya

    This research suggests that female-led MSMEs in Narok, Kenya, may face both additional exposure to climate risk compared with men, and additional barriers to adapting to that risk. read more »

    Book  23 July, 2018

    Climate change adaptation among female-led micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in semiarid Areas: a case study from Kenya

    Chapter published in the Handbook of Climate Change Resilience This chapter contributes to the literature on private sector adaptation by empirically exploring how female-led micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSMEs) … read more »

    Research article  15 May, 2018

    Geoengineering at the “Edge of the World”: Exploring perceptions of ocean fertilisation through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation

    The Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation’s (HSRC) 2012 ocean fertilisation experiment introduced a controversial geoengineering technology to the First Nations village of Old Massett on the islands of Haida Gwaii in … read more »

    Research article  22 January, 2018

    Enabling private sector adaptation to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa

    The private sector is increasingly recognized as having important potential to help society adapt and become more resilient to climate change. Yet there is limited research examining how to … 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 »

    2017

    Working paper  28 September, 2017

    Geoengineering at the ‘edge of the world’: exploring perceptions of ocean fertilization through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation

    This paper describes an opportunistic case study of the 2012 Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation’s ocean fertilization project. read more »

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    Policy publications  26 June, 2019

    Governance of climate change policy: A case study of South Africa

    This report and accompanying 8-page brief examine some of the emerging challenges in climate governance in South Africa and potential solutions. The lessons identified are also relevant for other developing economies. read more »

    2018

    Policy publications  30 August, 2018

    Climate risks to hydropower supply in eastern and southern Africa

    With substantial new hydropower generation planned for eastern and southern Africa, how can risks from rainfall variations and climate change be overcome to ensure reliable supply and socioeconomic development? This brief analyses the challenges and provides recommendations to policymakers, the energy sector and development partners. read more »

    Policy publications  10 July, 2018

    Soutenir l’adaptation aux changements climatiques des acteurs privés en zones semi-arides dans les pays en développement

    This is the French translation of the PRISE [PRESA] policy brief 'Supporting private adaptation to climate change in semi-arid lands in developing countries', published in June 2018. read more »

    Policy publications  13 June, 2018

    Supporting private adaptation to climate change in semi-arid lands in developing countries

    National governments, with development partners, have an important role to play in supporting adaptation and climate-resilient development among private actors – households, producers and small businesses – in the semi-arid lands of developing countries, argues this brief, a final output from the Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) project. read more »

    Policy publications  12 April, 2018

    Supporting adaptation to climate change among businesses and households in semi-arid lands: an agenda for the Talanoa Dialogue

    This briefing note submits learning to the Talanoa Dialogue process from PRISE on supporting private adaptation to climate change by households and businesses in semi-arid lands. read more »

    2017

    Policy publications  31 July, 2017

    Private Sector Adaptation Strategies: How SMEs start to respond to Senegal's semi-arid zones (In French)

    Although research on climate change adaptation has been conducted on households and communities, particularly in Senegal’s semi-arid lands (SALs), very little attention has been paid to the local private sector, … read more »

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    Commentary  26 June, 2019

    Seizing the moment in South Africa: overcoming climate policy governance challenges

    Climate policy has taken a particular hit during a 10-year period of political corruption and uncertainty in South Africa but now the country has a chance to get back on track, say the authors of this commentary. read more »

    Commentary  28 May, 2019

    For sustainable growth in the UK’s wine-producing industry, climate change must be integrated into sector planning now

    UK viticulture has been touted as a sector that stands to gain from climate change. As we enter English and Welsh Wine Week 2019, much excitement surrounds the sector, especially following last year’s ‘harvest of the century’. But producers should be considering the risks, as well as the opportunities, of a changing climate, says Kate Gannon. read more »

    2018

    In the news  7 December, 2018

    El Nino is bringing drought threats for business in southern Africa

    Reuters Foundation News, 7 December 2018

    In the news  5 December, 2018

    Small businesses in Africa will be on the frontline of climate change

    The Conversation, 5 December 2018

    Commentary  4 December, 2018

    As Southern Africa faces new urban drought challenges, who is heeding the wake-up call?

    The major disruption to urban water and hydroelectricity supplies caused by the conditions accompanying the 2015/16 El Niño in Southern Africa show that governments and businesses need to be more prepared for climatic extremes, argue the authors of this commentary. read more »

    Commentary  18 June, 2018

    Pursue twin goals of adaptation and development in semi-arid regions

    Policymakers must pursue both climate adaptation and development if they are to support the poorest in semi-arid regions say Florence Crick, Kate Gannon an Estelle Rouhaud. read more »

    In the news  3 February, 2018

    Enabling private sector adaptation to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Advanced Science News, 3 February 2018  

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    2018

    Book  23 July, 2018

    Climate change adaptation among female-led micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in semiarid Areas: a case study from Kenya

    Chapter published in the Handbook of Climate Change Resilience This chapter contributes to the literature on private sector adaptation by empirically exploring how female-led micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSMEs) … read more »

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