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Dr Ariella Helfgott

Senior Researcher, TRANSMANGO

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Ariella Helfgott is a Senior Research Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. She is a member of the University of Oxford’s Food Systems Research Group. She is the principal investigator of the CGIAR Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Systemic Integrated Adaptation Research Program. She is a member of CCAFS regional scenarios team exploring food security, environments and livelihoods futures in East and West Africa, South and South-East Asia and Latin America. She is currently involved in an EU funded research program TRANSMANGO which examines the future of European food systems in the context of global drivers of change. She is also a Work Package leader for an EPSRC program WEFWEBS, mapping the water, food, energy nexus in the UK at multiple levels from household to national.

Ariella’s research spans conceptual and mathematical modeling of system resilience and adaptability, through to participatory approaches to building resilience and adaptive capacity on-the-ground. Within the later, she brings together stakeholders across and within multiple decision-making levels and engages them in programs that develop strategic capacity, for example exploratory scenarios, visioning and back-casting and resilience-based planning. She has extensive experience in the design, implementation and analysis of participatory planning, decision-aiding and capacity development programs in East and West Africa, South and South-East Asia, Latin America, Europe and Australia from individual, through community to national and international scales.

Whilst formally trained as a mathematician and engineer, Ariella's current work focuses on integrating technical-analytical, philosophical-hermeneutic and management-administrative disciplines to achieve just and sustainable development.


MSc Supervision

  • Varghese, G. “Exploring flood prone communities in Indian slums: A strength-based perspective”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Rawlins, M. “Increasing the adaptive capacity of a community in Nariva, Trinidad and Tobago to flooding”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Inada, K. “Securing Climate Change Adaptation for African Agriculture: A Study on National Maize Weather Index Based Insurance for Malawi Using Vulnerability Assessment Framework”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Zoninsein, L. “Convivencia in Pintadas, Brazil (Living with Drought): A Characterization of the Adaptive Capacity of the Water Socio-Technical System”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Boeuf, B. “Resilience of community wellbeing and health to floods: The case of the flood of 15th June 2010, Var, France”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Kolle, K. “Paving the Way to Preparedness: Multi-level climate change adaptation governance in Trinidad and Tobago”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Ponce de la Tazon, E. “Actors, Interests, and Ideas in the Mexican Climate Change Adaptation Landscape: the Case of Quintana Roo: A study of integrated multi-level governance of climate change adaptation in Mexico”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Popescu, A. “Power, Ideology, People and Place: The Evolution of Green Spaces in Bucharest”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Rydankh, A. “Designing and pre-testing of experimental protocols to assess the impact of role playing games in water management”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Bailey, M. “Robust Food Systems: do early warning and emergency preparedness measures reduce vulnerability to environmental change?: A study of the Karamoja region, north-eastern Uganda with the Uganda Red Cross Society”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Corner-Dolloff, C. “Towards Resilience to Climate Change: Case study of community-based climate change adaptation in Kochiel Village, Kisumu, Kenya”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Chaudhury, A. “Valuing the Cost of Adaptation – Application of Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology in a subsistence farming community in Kisumu, Kenya”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Thorn, J. “Integrating Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction: A Participatory Investigation of Flooding in Mathare Valley Slums, Nairobi, Kenya”. MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Comberti, C. "Transformation and (Mal)Adaptation: Supporting Positive Change In The World’s Most Vulnerable Communities – A Case Study From The Himalayas". MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Lewis, C. "Evaluating the Environmental Impacts of an Improved Cooking Stove Project through the Perceptions of Distributors and Users". MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Doukas, A. "Development processes and determinants of local adaptive capacity: challenging the adaptation 'mainstreaming' agenda". MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Stephenson, E. "Food security in Humla, Nepal: A critical ethnographic approach". MSc Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.

PhD Supervision

  • Abrar Chaudhury, "A multi-level analysis of the financial dimension of adaptation in agricultural systems in the developing world". DPhil Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Meghan Bailey, "Assessing the impact of social differentiation on adaptive capacity to climate change", DPhil Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Jessica Thorn, "Assessing the impact of land management strategies of small-holder farmers on ecosystem processes, goods and services, and human well-being in a changing climate", DPhil Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Chase Sova, "Decision-making, Agenda Setting, and Preference Shaping in Agricultural Climate Change Adaptation Planning Regimes", DPhil Thesis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.

Publications

2017
2016
2015
2014
2012
2008
  • Helfgott, A. (2008) Situating Strength-Based Approaches to Community Development in a Systems Thinking Context: The Cambodia Tales. The Systemist, 30(2).
2007

Selected CGIAR, WCMC and EU Publications

  • Helfgott, A., Lord, S., Bean, N., Wildenberg, M., Gray, S., Vervoort, J., Kok, K. and Gray, S. Clarifying Fuzziness: Fuzzy Cognitive Maps, Neural Networks and System Dynamics Models in Participatory Social and Environmental Decision-aiding Processes. EU FP7 TRANSMANGO, Working Paper 1. Brussels, Belgium.
  • Helfgott, A., Vervoort, J. and Bailey, M. and Wycander, S. (2014) Systemic Integrated Adaptation: Community Diagnostic, Prioritization and Planning Toolkit: A Guidebook for researchers and practitioners working with local communities, Working Paper 76. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Wicander, S., Helfgott, A., Bailey, M., Ampomah, G., Diouf, A., Devisscher, T., Munroe, R. and Corrigan, C. (2015) Adaptation and Resilience Planning for Communities and Protected Area Management. Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC.
  • Sova C.A., Helfgott A., Chaudhury A.S. (2013) Multilevel stakeholder influence mapping in climate change adaptation regimes, Working Paper No. 46. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Sova, C. A., Chaudhury, A., Helfgott, A., Corner-Dolloff, C. (2012) Community-based adaptation costing: An integrated framework for the participatory costing of community-based adaptations to climate change in agriculture. Working Paper No. 16. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Copenhagen, Denmark.