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Kirsty Wilson

MSc: Environmental Change and Management, University of Oxford (distinction) (2013), BA Social and Political Sciences with a specialism in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge (2001)

Kirsty has over 10 years’ experience designing and managing projects and influencing policy in the areas of climate change resilience, disaster risk reduction in food security and agriculture, community development and social protection. Prior to working at LTS, she led the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance in Ethiopia, worked as a technical advisor to the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and was Head of Policy at Oxfam GB Ethiopia. This work involved developing approaches to building adaptive capacity at community level and integrating these into national policy and large-scale Government programmes. Consequently, her work informed and supported the development of Government policy and programmes on social protection, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. She also worked on the development of Oxfam’s programmes building the resilience of smallholder farmers and pastoralists and delivered training on climate change adaptation to Oxfam’s staff and partners. More recently she carried out research with the Global Green Growth Institute on the political economy of green growth policymaking processes in Africa, producing a specific piece of work on Ethiopia as an MSc thesis.

Her extensive work in the civil society sector has given her hands-on experience of monitoring and evaluation in a range of country contexts including Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia and India. This includes programme evaluations, systems and operational considerations as well as the evaluation of policy influencing and capacity building processes. She has a particular interest in the links between climate change, food security and agricultural productivity and tackling these issues at scale. As part of her work with Oxfam, she co-edited the book, ‘Small Farmers, Big Change’ related to this topic.

Service areas:
climate change