Planning Student Awarded Rockefeller Grant to Research Gender Dimensions of Climate Vulnerability

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October 6, 2015

Sarah Dougherty (M.R.P. '16) is the recent recipient of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation's Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). Dougherty plans to use the grant to research and coauthor a paper on the gender dimensions of climate change vulnerability and resilience planning in Indonesia.

Dougherty's project will further research begun over the summer with John Taylor and his organization, Yayasan Kota Kita (YKK), an Indonesian nongovernmental organization. The initial project included cowriting two manuals to explain the United Nations Development Programme and YKK's processes for assessing climate change vulnerability and developing urban climate risk management plans in Kupang and Makassar, Indonesia. Dougherty plans to return to Indonesia in December to meet with participants from YKK's workshops to better understand three key areas: what the gender dimensions of climate vulnerability are in coastal Indonesian cities, particularly for the most vulnerable people; data availability, communication, and uses of gender-disaggregated vulnerability metrics in Kupang and Makassar; and the extent to which gender dimensions are included in municipal climate change planning and how reponsiveness might be improved. These research areas can ultimately help YKK improve their methodology for conducting gender-sensitive climate change vulnerability assessments, and improve collaborative planning efforts in high-risk coastal cities.

The grant is overseen by the International Institute for Environment and Development, and aims to support local institutions, researchers, practitioners, and communities in prioritizing marginalized perspectives — particularly those of women in informal urban communities — in collaborative planning processes for climate change resilience in Asian cities.