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Mrs Miriam Dalitso Joshua BED, MSc

Postgraduate research student

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Mrs Miriam Dalitso Joshua is Postgraduate research student within Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton.

Miriam is a part-time PhD student from 2012. She has notable research experience (of over 10 years) on livelihoods related issues including linkages between land use change, climate change/variability and adaptation in food systems both in urban and rural areas.

Work history

2005 to date Senior Lecturer in Human Geography (Environmental and Natural Resource Management Studies, Rural Development Studies) - University of Malawi, Chancellor College, Geography & Earth Sciences Department
2003 - 2004 Project Researcher and Administrator - Institute of Security Studies of South Africa and National Statistical Office of Malawi - DFID Funded Project
1999 - 2000 Geography Secondary School Teacher - Ministry of Education

Research

Responsibilities

Publications

Teaching

Contact

Research interests

PhD Supervision:

Dr Emma Tompkins and Dr Kate Schreckenberg

Research area focuses on:

  • food security
  • environmental de jure institutions governing access to potable water and wood fuel

Affiliated research group:

ESPA -ASSET Project

MPhil/PhD research

Effect of Social Capital on Food Security in Zomba Rural, Malawi

Completed and current projects participated

Participatory building of capacity for climate change adaptation in agricultural sector in Tanzania and Malawi funded by Rockefeller Foundation (2012 – 2015)

Assessing synthetic fertiliser and pesticide use in the agricultural ecosystems of Ntcheu and Chikhwawa Districts, USAID funded agro-ecosystem services: Linking science to action (Ag-ESS) Program (2012-2014)

Exploring rural-urban interlinkages and the impact of climate change in Tanzania and Malawi. Funded by IDRC through Climate Change & Adaptation in Africa Programme (2009 – 2012)

Strengthening local agricultural innovative systems in semi-arid and high rainfall areas of Tanzania and Malawi to adapt to the challenges and opportunities arising from climate change and variability. Funded by IDRC through Climate Change & Adaptation in Africa Programme (2007 – 2011)

Research group

Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation

Member of local organizing committee, 31st Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) Conference held in Lilongwe, Malawi 2013.

Deputy Head of Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Chancellor College, University of Malawi, June 2011 to 2013

Trustee for Malawi Women In Science and Technology Network, from 2008 to date

Head of Geography and Earth Sciences Department, Chancellor College, University of Malawi, from 2008 to 2010

Deputy Head of Geography and Earth Sciences Department, Chancellor College, University of Malawi, January 2008 to July 2008

Waternet Coordinator for Integrated Water Resources Management Masters Programme – Water and Environment Module, University of Malawi, 2006 to 2008, 2011 to 2013

Member of Task Force for Malawi Women In Science and Technology Network, 2006 to 2008

Postgraduate committee member for the Masters of Environmental Sciences Programme representing Geography and Earth Sciences Department of Chancellor College, 2006 to date

Consultancies

AfricaInteract, a project funded by IDRC and coordinated by the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) -2012-2013.

  • Review of research and policies for climate change adaptation in urban areas in Southern Africa (SADC Region)

Malawi Institute of Management (MIM)-2011, Development of environmental management training manual and conducting training to District Commissioners. Aim was to enhance leadership capacity and understanding of environmental management issues

Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) – 2009, Environmental Outlook Report for Malawi 2009/2010– Supporting Author for a chapter on Population and Human Settlement

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)-2010, Baseline Study on Climate Justice and Climate Change Adaptation for vulnerable communities and NCA Malawi’s partners

UNDP through Ministry of Planning, Development and Cooperation – 2010, Capacity and training needs Assessment on Climate Change and Adaptation issues for government institutions/agencies working with vulnerable communities

UNDP through Malawi Institute of Management – 2010, Evaluation of Millenium Villages Concept – best integrated rural development practices for up scaling

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA)-2009, Situational analysis and Development of Strategic Plan for MERA

Malawi Environment Endowment Trust (MEET)-2008, Functional Review and Development of Strategic Plan for Malawi Environment Endowment Trust (MEET)

UNDP through Environmental Affairs Department – 2007-2008

  • Participated in Assessing National Circumstances of Malawi, 1st Chapter of 2nd National Communication to the UNFCCC
  • Participated in assessing Constraints and Gaps and Related Financial, Technical and Capacity Needs, 6th Chapter of Malawi 2nd National Communication to the UNFCCC

Publications

Nkomwa,E.C., Kalanda Joshua,M., Ngongondo, C., Monjerezi, M., Chipungu, F., 2013. Assessing indigenous knowledge systems and climate change adaptation strategies in agriculture: A case study of Changaka Village, Chikhwawa, Southern Malawi. Journal of Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 2013. doi:10.1016/j.pce.2013.10.002

Majule, A.E., Stathers, T., Lamboll, R., Liwenga, E.T., Ngongondo, C., Kalanda-Joshua, M. Swai, E., Chipungu, F. 2013. Enhancing capacities of individual, institutions and organinsations to adapt to climate change in agriculture sector using innovative approaches in Tanzania and Malawi. World Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Vol 1 (6), pp220-231

Kalanda-Joshua, M., Ngongondo, C., Chipeta, L., Mpembeka, F. 2011. Integrating indigenous knowledge with conventional science: enhancing localised climate and weather forecasts in Nessa, Mulanje , Malawi. Journal of Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 2011 doi:10.1016/j.pce.2011.08.001

Kalinga-Chirwa, R., Ngongondo, C., Kalanda–Joshua, M., Kazembe, L., Pemba, D., Kululanga, E. 2011. Linking rainfall and irrigation to clinically reported malaria cases in some villages in Chikhwawa District, Malawi. Journal of Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 2011, doi:10.1016/j.pce.2011.07.053.

Joshua, M, Jalloh, A., Hachigonta, S. Review of research and policies for climate change adaptation in urban areas in Southern Africa. www.future-agricultures.org  In press.

Joshua, M. D. & Namphande, P. Climate change and environmental education in Malawi school curriculum. In: Nhamo, G. & Shava, S. (eds.) Climate change and environmental education in SADC school curriculum. (7th Chapter) In press.

Kalanda-Sabola, M.D, E. M. T. Henry (deceased), E. Kayambazinthu, J. Wilson. Use of Indigenous Knowledge and Traditional Practices in Fisheries Management: A case of Chisi Island, Lake Chilwa, Zomba, Malawi Journal of Science & Technology. Vol. 8, 009– 029 (2007)

Kalanda-Sabola, M.D., Assessing Indigenous Knowledge of Forest and Lake Resources Degradation: A case of Chisi Island, Lake Chilwa, Zomba, Malawi, Central Africa, Journal of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences Vol.1:2 ( 2007)

Conference proceedings

Co-author for four chapters (1, 4, 13 and 14) in book edited by A.E Majule and P.S. Maru in Press, Strengthening Local Agricultural Innovations to Adapt to Climate Change in Botswana, Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania:

Majule, A., Lamboll, R., Stathers, T.E., Liwenga, E., Kalanda Sabola. M.D., Ndau, S. Experiences from Action Research on Strengthening Local Agricultural Innovations to Adapt to Challenges and Opportunities Arising from Climate Change in Tanzania (1st Chapter)

Nsemwa, L., Gondwe, B., Liwenga, E., and Kalanda Joshua, M.D. Strengthening Local Agricultural Innovations to adapt to Climate Change and Variability in Mwitikilwa, Southern Highlands of Tanzania (4th Chapter)

Chipeta, L., & Kalanda-Joshua, M.D. Gender and Climate Change: Examining the Gender Variation in Coping and Adapting to Climate Change in Malawi (13th Chapter).

Kalanda Joshua, M.D., Ngongondo, C., Majule, A., Gibson, Chipeta, L., Chimphamba, J., Chiwatakwenda, A and Gausi, H., Assessing Climate Change and Variability Adaptation Strategies in Semi Arid Areas of Malawi: A Comparative study of Muyeleka Village in Karonga and Mphampha Village in Chikwawa District (14th chapter)

Position: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography - University of Malawi, Chancellor College, Geography & Earth Sciences Department (2005 todate)

Undergraduate courses

  • GEO411: Environmental studies and Resource Management
  • GEO422: Rural Development Studies
  • GEO322: Spatial Organisation
  • GEO312: Agricultural Geography

MSc

  • MES 631: Agrarian change and natural resources management (under MSc. Environmental Sciences)
  • WRM 614: Socio-economic aspects of water and environment (under MSc. Water Resources Modelling and Governance)
Mrs Miriam Dalitso Joshua
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Email:mdj1g12@soton.ac.uk

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