Kate Donovan


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I am the Co-Director of the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute and Lecturer in Climate Risk and Resilience. I have worked as an applied researcher, project manager and practitioner in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) within the UK and internationally.

I used to work for NIWA in New Zealand in hazard and risk research, and prior to that I worked for CAFOD as a DRR advisor. I like to work collaboratively and welcome the opportunity to share knowledge with others.

My broad research interests cover a range of DRR and CCA topics including risk assessment methods and tools for decision makers; disasters and culture; indigenous knowledge; social vulnerability and capacity; Resilience frameworks/measurement; science communication and knowledge exchange.


Check out my research blog on cultural heritage and climate change adaptation: https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/climate_culture/


I am the Deputy Programme Director for the MSc in Carbon Management. This is an amazing course that covers climate change science, impacts, adaptation as well as mitigation and climate change economics. I teach climate change impacts and adaptation in the first semester. We have a range of interactive lectures and guest speakers.

Current Research Interests

Cultural Heritage and Climate Change Adaptation

Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment

Adaptation (generally interested in how we can accelerate adaptation and ensure widespread uptake)

Education/Academic qualification

GeoSciences, Doctor of Science, Cultural Responses to Volcanic Hazards in Indonesia, University of Plymouth

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Geophysical Hazards, Master in Science, University College of London, UK;

Award Date: 1 Sept 2006

Geological Hazards, Bachelor of Science, University of Portsmouth

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005


  • G Geography (General)
  • Climate change
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Adaptation


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