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DariaDaria Freier

Portable Concentrated Photovoltaic Systems for Developing Countries

Off-grid solar chargers are increasingly becoming the solution for the over 1.1 billion people living without access to electricity. The aim of this research project is to improve the sustainability, affordability and the charging time of portable solar chargers through the use of solar photovoltaic concentrators. Focusing the light from a large area onto a small area, a concentrator increases the amount of generated electricity per solar cell. Thus, less solar photovoltaic material is required. This concept has therefore the potential to reduce the cost and environmental impact of the portable solar chargers through the reduction of photovoltaic material.

E-mail: Daria.Freier@gcu.ac.uk 

Grace Iyoha

Grace has recently joined the Centre for Climate Justice. Her research examines sustainability transitions through formal and informal approaches to food waste management within urban market places in Nigeria.

E-mail: Grace.Iyoha@gcu.ac.uk

StephenStephen Kansuk

Climate action and climate finance delivery in Ghana: The key drivers of climate action/inaction in Ghana through a climate justice lens

This research seeks to support the argument in favour of normative dimensions of climate change policy. Also, considering that, socio-economic inequalities, and gender inequalities are prevalent in Ghana, it is dangerous to develop climate policies without considering how human beings in harshly varying adaptive capacities or structural positions are affected by the impacts of climate change. To this extent, the study seeks to document and understand what drives adequate climate action and inaction in Ghana from a climate justice perspective.  Climate finance governance and its implications for achieving climate justice in Ghana will also be critically examined in this study.

 E-mail: skansu10@caledonian.ac.uk

XinXinXin Xin Li

Xin Xin has recently joined the Centre for Climate Justice. Her research examines different approaches to urban sustainability and climate adaptation in Scotland and China. The project is funded by North Glasgow Homes.


E-mail: xinxinli@gcu.ac.uk

MajekMakanjuola Majekodunmi AKA ‘Majek’

A Climate Just Transition for the Glasgow City Region

The Glasgow and Clyde valley region make up the largest city in Scotland, comprising of 8 local authorities and a fast-growing economy based on tourism, finance and business services, design and manufacturing, life science and engineering. My research will focus on investigating the challenges vulnerable communities face with regards to heating and flooding and developing a deeper understanding of resilience that could lead to a climate-just transition for Glasgow City.

E-mail: makanjuola.majekodunmi@gcu.ac.uk

Sennan2Sennan Mattar

An investigation into the socio-environmental challenges and the proliferation of informal settlements in Zambia from a climate justice perceptive

The research focuses on the social, economic and environmental challenges faced by established residents and migrants to Lusaka’s informal settlements (commonly called slums). The aim of this research is to understand the role of climate-induced migration in proliferation of informal settlements and the challenges faced in informal settlements to extreme climatic events. Through semi-structured interviewees and focus group discussions, the research will establish whether the plight faced by established residents and migrants could be considered a climate injustice and a continuation of the injustices of climate-induced migration.

E-mail: sennan.mattar@gcu.ac.uk

UddyEnyinnaya Mbakwem AKA ‘Udy’‌

Exploring the environmental refugee crisis in Nigeria through a climate justice framework

The aim of the research is to examine the plight of forced climate migrants in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria from a climate justice perspective, with a view to inform socially inclusive climate policies and practices in Nigeria. In this context, the research will explore the human rights implications of climate-induced displacement and migration. 

E-mail: embakw200@caledonian.ac.uk

MubianaMubiana Muyangwa

Interrelationship between Water, Innovation, Climate Change and Climate Justice: Developing a conceptual framework

Water is directly affected and affects the effects of climate change. Access to water in Zambia indicates a strong correlation to the social economic status of local communities. However, there is no evidence of the consideration of climate change and factors of equity or fairness in access to water in Zambia. Access to water is not a right in Zambia. Climate justice is still a new concept and its operationalization disjointed.  This will be a qualitative research that will be investigating the interrelationship between the water sector, innovation, climate change and climate justice. Specifically, the research will look at how innovation occurs in the water sector in Zambia.  

E-mail: mmuyan200@caledonian.ac.uk

Ejike Okafor

Ejike has recently joined the Centre for Climate Justice and is investigating barriers to the implementation of WASH programmes within hospital settings in south east Nigeria.

E-mail: Ejike.Okafor@gcu.ac.uk

Edna Ugbechie

Gender and Climate Justice: Exploring Vulnerability and Adaptation of People Living in Poverty in Rural Communities of Nigeria to Climate Change and Variability

Climate change and variability are predicted to have deleterious impacts on coastal regions through increased rainfall and sea level rise resulting in extreme weather events such as flooding. The impact will be more profound for developing countries especially poor communities who depend on natural resources thereby complicating livelihood strategies and food security of poor people. There still remains paucity of empirically grounded studies of the interaction between gender and climate change with respect to impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. This research contributes to the climate change-gender discourse in rural coastal areas with special focus on the gendered impacts, drivers of vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability in rural coastal area of Nigeria.

To understand the multiple stressors that shape vulnerability of people and households in rural communities of Niger Delta Region of Nigeria to climate change, qualitative research methodology using interviews was employed to gather data at fine-scale: individual, household and community level.

This research found that social and economic disadvantage, cultural factors and structural inequality interact to determine the effects of climate variability, different measures are being adopted by men and women to respond to the effects of extreme weather events and climate variability.

E-mail: Edna.Ugbechie@gcu.ac.uk