Jon’s research explores the intersection of climate change and social justice. It looks at the role that global environmental governance and financial instruments can play in transformation in social and economic systems. These themes are explored with reference to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in South Africa.


Prior to commencing his PhD, Jon worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and at the Commonwealth Secretariat in development finance with specific focus on the GCF and small island developing states.

Jon holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Oxford.

Research interests

  • Climate change
  • social justice
  • inequality
  • transformation
  • international development
  • Green Climate Fund.



Research - 2022

This paper explores how climate risk information produced in the context of insurance-related activities can support public climate adaptation planning. The central contribution is to outline how relevant climate risk information can translate into behaviour change, and the drivers and barriers that influence this in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more

Research - 2019

This paper from the UMFULA programme investigates the potential catalyst role of insurance in adaptation to climate change in a developing country context that is characterised by low insurance penetration and a relatively low level of government planning, analysing the problem from the perspective of insurers in South Africa, Malawi and Tanzania. Read more

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