Climate mitigation and adaptation efforts discussed in workshop

Claudia Fonseca Alfaro Uncategorized climate change

Scholars, practitioners, and undergraduate students came together at the Malawi University of Science and Technology to discuss climate change. The workshop “The Practice and Politics of Urban Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Efforts at the Margins” took place 28-29 October and included presentations by:

  • Alexandra Panman, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London
  • Brenda Mwalukanga, Lusaka Water Security Initiative, Lusaka City Council
  • Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues, The Nordic Africa Institute
  • Domingos Macucule, Faculty of Architecture and Physical Planning, Eduardo Mondlane University
  • Gilbert Chilinde, Faculty of Built Environment, Department of Land Surveying and Physical Planning, Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS)
  • Jennifer Hart, History Department, Wayne State University
  • Jonathan Makuwira, Malawi University of Science and Technology
  • Loudon Luka, Built Environment Department, Mzuzu University
  • Marwa Dabaieh, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University
  • Mtafu Manda, Built Environment Department, Mzuzu University
  • Patience Mususa, The Nordic Africa Institute
  • Stephen Marr, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University

The concluding round table on the topic, “What can be done to mitigate against climate and environmental disasters for marginalized urban communities in Malawi?” brought together researchers, practitioners, government officials, and civil society members.


Workshop participants toured Ntandire neighborhood located in Lilongwe to learn how local residents cope with challenges presented by urban flooding.  Community members constructed a “do-it-yourself” bridge over the River Shire, which is prone to flooding during the rainy season. Photo credit: Jennifer Hart
 The research team led a two day training session at MUST in which 40 undergraduate students from programs such as Disaster and Risk Management to Hydrology participated. The students learned how they might incorporate social science and humanities methodologies into their applied research fields. Here, students participate in a participatory design exercise. Photo credit: The Nordic Africa Institute
The central campus of the Malawi University of Science and Technology in Blantyre. Photo Credit: Stephen Marr

Featured image: Workshop participants. Photo credit: The Nordic Africa Institute


This workshop was supported by the IUR and FORMAS – The Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development, and organized in collaboration with the Nordic Africa Institute and the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST).