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Nicholas P. Simpson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town, University of Cape Town

Current research concentrates on the complexity of climate risk, climate change literacy and perception, adaptation feasibility assessment, resilience, energy access, and climate security. A Lead Author of the Africa chapter of the IPCC 6th Assessment, and the Lead Author of the ICOMOS-IPCC-UNESCO White Paper on climate risk to heritage globally, and an African Academy of Science Affiliate Member (2021-2025). Holds a PhD in the integration of human development and well-being in environmental assessment decision making with a strong focus on peoples capabilities and participation dynamics. Resilience orientated research has extended security studies to the governance the novel harmscapes of climate change. This work has enhanced our understanding of the concept of resilience and how it informs responses to unanticipated and severe Anthropocene events; such as the Cape Town drought. His PhD concentrated on participatory sustainable decision-making and established theoretical and practice ready consilience between the capabilities approach and environmental assessment with an emphasis on better understanding of impacts on human wellbeing


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Global Risk Governance Programme, University of Cape Town


  • 2016 
    University of Cape Town, PhD Science