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Geography and Environmental Science

Dr Caroline King-Okumu DPhil

Visiting Fellow

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Caroline collaborates with faculty at the University of Southampton and others including colleagues in dry and drought-prone regions to co-design programmes addressing global challenges.

Work History

2019- Present: International Development Opportunities Manager, UKCEH

2012-18: Senior Scientist, Researcher & Manager at ICARDA & IIED

2007-11: Period of DPhil at University of Oxford (supported via NERC/ESRC-funded studentship, & employment as Programme Officer, UNCCD Secretariat)

2000-7: United Nations University Programmes on Threatened Dryland Ecosystems, Water Crises & Urban and Regional Development

Research interests

Inclusive green recovery and assessing the returns on investments in natural capital.

Research projects

IDMP Drought Mitigation Knowledge Product

UNCCD Good Practice Guideline

Research group


Affiliate research groups

UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI), WASAG Working Group on Drought Preparedness , ntegrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) , Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought , IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, Local Economies, Communities and Nature Specialist Group, IAH Transboundary Aquifers Commission

  • Advise CEH on International Development Opportunities
  • Guide The Borders Institute (TBI), Africa, in exploration of transboundary resource governance issues
  • Co-Chair of UNCCD SPI Working Group on Drought Resilience
  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology brainstorming series on water resource modelling for international development
  • Webinar for Global Land Forum on Health and Ecosystems including Rangelands and Drylands
Dr Caroline King-Okumu
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