Abrar is a doctoral student and former Rhodes Scholar on the ECM masters and Oxford’s MBA programme. He is part of a CCAFS funded multidisciplinary project team conducting research into resilience and adaptive capacity of food systems to climate change.
His research focuses on unraveling the complex interconnections between regional, national, and local actors entrusted with translating national climate change policies into effective adaptation actions and smallholding farming communities impacted by these changes. Abrar’s research spans many levels from strategic regional scenarios, national adaptation plans, to local community action plans in farming communities across the Terai plains of Nepal, the vulnerable north of Ghana and the flood prone south of Pakistan. While clearly many disconnects exist between policy and action; Abrar has experienced many wonderful examples of local adaptation strategies and resolve of national and local actors to collectively tackle the problem of climate change.
Scott Thacker is a third year DPhil student, fully funded by the EPSRC and the engineering consultancy ARUP. Scott’s research is affiliated with the ITRC project and focuses on reducing the risks associated with infrastructure system failures due to extreme climatic events.
His work has received high-level interest from HM Treasury and the Committee on Climate Change. Following a successful EPSRC knowledge exchange proposal, Scott will work with National Grid on translating theoretical developments into a tool to support their business needs. Alongside interaction with industrial and governmental partners, Scott has been an active member of the academic community, presenting papers at a number of conferences including NetSci 2012 and 2013 and the 2014 ITRC conference on the Economics of Infrastructure held at the University of Cambridge. He has had wider interaction with the School of Geography and the Environment, teaching on the undergraduate course and interviewing potential future students.