Meghan Bailey

DPhil Student, Environmental Change Institute

Robust Adaptation Planning and Decision-Making: a comparative study of subsistence-oriented communities in the Indo-Gangetic Plain and West Africa.

Meghan examines climate adaptation through a social lens: the role social differentiation and knowledge and power play in adapting agricultural practices. Specifically she is asking: what is the impact of social differentiation on adaptive capacity to environmental change?

This research is one component of a larger research project called Systemic Integrated Adaptation (SIA) being completed by a team of four D.Phil students with support from the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Major outputs of this research include the development of a mixed methodology to analyze worldviews and values associated with adaptive behaviors as well as a tool to measure parity of decision making within and between households called the SIA Social Differentiation Index.