Abbie was a postdoctoral researcher with the PRISE project (Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies) from January 2016 until April 2018. Abbie has an inter-disciplinary background spanning the fields of psychology, environmental management and sustainable development.
Prior to joining to the Institute Abbie had completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, which investigated the socio-economic suitability of biochar as a sustainable agriculture technology in China. Concurrently, Abbie also worked as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank to explore the climate change benefits of biochar, bio-gas and composting projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam.
Within the PRISE project, Abbie is working across the fields of psychology, climate change and international development to explore how household and community resilience to climate-related shocks and stressors can be measured through research, and improved through policy. Specifically, Abbie is interested in how the emerging field of subjective resilience relates to more traditional resilience measurements, and how this knowledge can be used to inform climate adaptation programming.
Research - 2018
This paper is the first to quantitatively compare the power of subjective and objective resilience measures to predict future wellbeing in the face of socio-environmental shocks and stressors. It uses data from rural Kyrgyzstan. Read more
A deepening understanding of the importance of climate change has caused a recent and rapid increase in the number of... Read more
Research - 2017
Abstract Subjective approaches to resilience measurement are gaining traction as a complementary approach to the standard frameworks that typically contain... Read more
Policy - 2018
Dr. Abbie Clare, Dr. Lira Sagynbekova and Mr. Akyl Rahmanberdi uluu April 2018 External link to publication Read more