Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
CET Lunch Seminar

The South African climate change adaptation landscape -

CET is happy to announce this CET Lunch Seminar with Katinka Lund Wågsæther, research assistant on the Just Mobility Transitions research programme at CET.

Judith Dalsgård/CET

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The South African climate change adaptation landscape is a rich tapestry, with a wealth of sources and types of knowledge and information. This includes an extensive research base, with academic institutions and research centres, as well as a strong experiential knowledge base built up by practitioners over years of ‘learning by doing.’  

At the same time South Africa is a country of contrast, a country where one is constantly reminded of the past within the present. As a place of life and work it is dynamic and complex, scattered with comfort and discomfort, difficult conversations and great opportunities. 

In this presentation Katinka draws on her 14 years of living, studying and working in South Africa. She will share her experience from a variety of projects, and reflect on the South African adaptation landscape in the broader national context. 

About the speaker:

Katinka Lund Wågsæther moved to South Africa in 2006 to do her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She went on to study atmospheric science and applied climate science with a focus on climate change vulnerability and adaptation. On finishing her degree she went to work with a grassroots based non-governmental organisation focused on climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation and empowering of disadvantaged groups. She later found her way back to the University, and has been working with the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at UCT from January 2015 until May 2020 – most recently in the role as Science-Society Engagement Research Fellow.  

Having decided to relocate back to Europe she is now busy finding her ‘European feet,’ and is currently excited to be working on the Justice Mobility Transitions project at the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformations at the University of Bergen. 

As always, the CET Lunch Seminars are open for anyone interested. Please share in your networks to people interested in this week’s topic.