Director, African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town

Mark New is Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town, and AXA Research Chair in African Climate Risk. He is also a coordinating lead author on the IPCC 6th Assessment Report, responsible for Chapter 17 of Working Group II, Decision Making Options for Managing Risk, and an editor for Global Environmental Change and Environmental Research Letters. He serves on the Science Committees of the World Adaptation Science Programme and the South African Global Change Science Programme. His research has spanned climate change detection, attribution, impacts and adaptation. His recent research has focused on quantifying and adapting to the changing risks of damaging climate events in southern Africa, on climate adaptation knowledge systems, and on understanding barriers and enablers to effective climate adaptation responses.

Experience

  • 2011–present
    Director, African Climate & Development Initiative, University of Cape Town
  • 2014–present
    Professor of International Developement, University of East Anglia
  • 2011–2014
    Professor of Climate Science, University of Oxford
  • 1999–2011
    Lecturer / Reader in Geography, University of Oxford
  • 1995–1999
    Senior Research Associate, University of East Anglia

Education

  • 1998 
    University of Cambridge, UK, PhD Geography
  • 1992 
    University of Cambridge, UK, MPhil Environment and Development
  • 1987 
    University of Cape Town, South Africa, BSc Honours Geology
  • 1986 
    University of Cape Town, South Africa, BSc Geology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Role:
    Director, African Climate and Development Initiative
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation