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Ms Radhika Dave 

Postgraduate Research Student

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Ms Radhika Dave is Postgraduate Research Student within Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton.


Prior to joining the University of Southampton, I worked with Conservation International (CI) on applied research and implementation of ecosystem based approaches to climate change adaptation. This field of work brings a focus on the contexts within which improved environmental management can strengthen the ability of a community to adapt to the impacts of climate change, either in combination with other approaches or in the absence of any alternatives. I am particularly interested in the role of community organizations and social capital in influencing the outcomes of both conservation and ecosystem based adaptation projects and to this end integrated a focus on household level vulnerability and community level risk management in my research projects. While at Conservation International, I provided technical support to country programs (specifically in Southeast Asia and Africa) on climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessments, the integration of climate change risk into programs and fundraising for new field projects. I facilitated and co-led the development of CI’s cross divisional, institutional strategy for climate change adaptation, participated in multi-organizational working groups to distil lessons learned from diverse ecosystem based adaptation (EBA) programs and draft best practice principles for EBA to inform adaptation negotiations at the UNFCCC.




Research interests

Sustainability of natural resource use and management; conservation and ecosystem services’ benefit flows in complex socio-ecological systems; climate change adaptation and ecosystem based approaches; illegal trade in wildlife.

PhD supervision

Dr. Emma Tompkins, Dr. Kate Schreckenberg, Professor Guy Poppy

PhD research

Radhika’s research is funded by the ESRC studentship for interdisciplinary study under the Energy, Environment and Resilience pathway commencing in October 2012.

Research projects
  • Artisanal fisheries and household vulnerability, Tonle Sap, Cambodia: Role of social capital in improving sustainability of livelihoods.
  • Vulnerability of forest frontier communities to risks, including climate change, and risk management strategies in Madagascar

Research group

Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation

Affiliate research groups

Sustainability Sciences at Southampton, Energy, Environment and Resilience Postgraduate Research group

Global South Forum at the University of Southampton, Committee Member

Ms Radhika Dave
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