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Geography and Environmental SciencePostgraduate study

Mrs Giorgia Prati 

Postgraduate research student

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Mrs Giorgia Prati is Postgraduate research student within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.


Prior to join the University of Southampton I worked as consultant and research assistant for international organisations on issues related to climate change adaptation, gender, climate-smart agriculture, climate information systems and disaster risk reduction.

Research interests

  • Adaptation, gender and vulnerability (gendered barriers/opportunities to adaptation to climate variability at household and community level)
  • Intersectionality
  • Climate change-migration nexus (potential synergies and trade-offs between migration and adaptation to climate change)
  • Disaster risk reduction (links between DRR and climate change adaptation)
PhD supervision

Dr. Emma Tompkins, Dr. Julie Vullnetari, Dr Craig Hutton, Dr. Natalie Suckall and Dr Katherine Vincent

PhD research

Title: Gender and adaptation: the implications of migration for women’s adaptive capacity in the Mahanadi delta, India

The growing interest in the climate change-migration nexus has largely focused on understanding how migration patterns may change as a response to climate variability. The feedback process of such response on individuals’ capacity to cope with climate stresses in the home villages is rarely explored and little is known about its interconnections with gender. Yet, migration and adaptation are not gender-neutral processes.

This research seeks to investigate how migration shapes gender and power relationships and how this, in turn, affects women’s adaptive capacity in the Mahanadi delta, India. In contrast to traditional approaches which have focused on the binary analysis of men vs. women, this research takes an intersectionality approach to contextualise vulnerability in the broader spectrum of social identities and hidden forms of oppression in which that is embedded. Therefore, inequalities are explored as arising from the dynamic intersection of gender, class and caste. Gender identities, relations and power are continuously renegotiated through migration processes with consequences on some of the social and cultural barriers to adaptation. If we are to understand the differentiated impact, as well as potential, of migration on the adaptive capacity of those who remain behind, then we need to investigate how migration interacts with intersectional inequalities.

Funding agencies:

  • CARIAA-DECCMA Project (Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation)
  • Geography and Environment department, University of Southampton.
Research projects


The five-year DECCMA (DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation) project will examine how people are adapting to the physical effects of climate change, such as sea level rise, alongside socio-economic pressures, including land degradation and population pressure, in delta regions. It aims to develop methods to predict how these four deltas may evolve over the next 50 to 100 years and provide Governments with the knowledge and tools to ensure future policy can maximise planning services and programmes to the benefit of the region's population.


Research group

Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation

Affiliate research groups

Economy, Society and Governance, DECCMA Project (Deltas, Vulnerability an Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation)

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