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Agnes Babugura

Geography and Environmental Science

Email: agnes.babugura@monash.edu

Tel: +27 11 950 4083

Qualifications
  • BA Environmental Science and Sociology
  • MSc Environmental Science
  • PhD Environmental Science (Human – Environment relations: (Social, political, cultural and economic aspects of social sciences)
Research Interests
  • Agnes Babugura holds a PhD in environmental science (focusing specifically on social vulnerability, coping and adaptation) conferred by the University of Witwatersrand and an MSc conferred by the University of Botswana. Her research interests are focused on human-environment relationships and socio-economic issues (social vulnerability and adaptation, food security, sustainability, disasters, climate change, rural and urban development, poverty and development, livelihoods and youth and gender). She has experience in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research. She has been involved in project evaluations (Food Aid) for international NGO’s such as World Vision and United Nations World Food Programme in countries like Zimbabwe and Sudan.
  • She has also worked with the Heinrich Boll Foundation to conduct research on gender and climate change. She presented the findings of the study at the climate change conference in Copenhagen. Her research approach is multidisciplinary in nature. This is influenced by her belief that in today’s changing world, many research challenges can only be overcome by bringing researchers from different backgrounds to work together free from discipline impediments.
Publications
  • Vulnerability of Children and Youth in Drought Disasters: A Case Study of Botswana, Journal name: Children, Youth and Environments Vol. 18, No.1 (2008) ISSN 1546-2250.
  • Vulnerability of Children in Drought, Journal name: Natural Hazards Observer Vol. 33, No. 5 (2009).
Achievements
  • October 1999: Graduated with first degree
  • October 2001: Became a masters graduate
  • February 2002: Awarded the START (Global Change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training)  prestigious young scientist scholarship  to support my PhD
  • June 2005: Became a PhD graduate

As a valued research expert in my field, I have been invited byinternational organizations such as SADC, World Vision, United Nations World Food Program,  Heinrich Böll Foundation and NOVAFRICA  to participate in the following:

  • April 2004: Invited by Johannesburg City to assist with the performance evaluation of Johannesburg city’s water resource utilities.
  • January 2005: NOVAFRICA: Centre for Innovation in Development. Conducted research on Gender and Climate Change (Capacity Building and Leadership Action).
  • October 2007: World Vision (Food Programming Management Group) invited to advise and assist in the evaluation of school feeding projects leading to the design of Integrated School Feeding Frame Work.
  • Sept 2008: Heinrich Böll Foundation invited to conduct research on gender and climate change in Southern Africa.
  • Feb 2009: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and World Vision (WV). Invited to advise and evaluate the School Based Feeding Programme (Food Security) in Bulawayo Zimbabwe.
  • April 2010: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and World Vision. Invited to advise and evaluate the Emergency Operations program (Food Security, Agriculture and natural resource management) in Northern Sudan (Darfur)
  • December 2011: SADC (Southern African Development Community). Part of a team of researchers invited to review SADC policy on food security as well as undertake a study on Social and vulnerability factors related to food security and agricultural development within the SADC region. The Study is intended to aid the SADC region with the development of a legally binding policy to stimulate sustainable food security and agricultural development.
  • January 2011: European Commissions Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and World Vision. Invited to advise and evaluate food security program in Sudan.
Research Interests and Key areas of Expertise
  • Social vulnerability and adaptation
  • Poverty and development
  • Food security
  • Sustainable development
  • Disasters
  • Youth, gender and development
  • Climate change and adaptation
Peer-reviewed Publications
  • Babugura. A. A., 2008, Vulnerability of Children and Youth in Drought Disasters: A Case Study of Botswana , Children, Youth and Environments Vol. 18, No.1 (2008)  ISSN 1546-2250
  • Babugura. A. A., 2009, Vulnerability of Children in Drought, Natural Hazards Observer Vol. 33, No. 5 (2009)
Books and Chapters in Books

Upcoming: Babugura. A. A., 2011, Children, Youth and Disasters, Handbook of Hazards and   Disasters (Routledge)

Reports
  • Vulnerability to Climate Vulnerability: A case Study of Botswana
  • Vulnerability of Children and Youth in Drought Disasters: A Case Study of Botswana
  • Gender and Climate Change: South African Case Study
  • Social and vulnerability factors related to food security and agricultural development within the SADC region.
  • Evaluation  of Emergency Operations program  in Northern Sudan (Darfur)
  • Evaluation of the World Food Programme (WFP) funded Bulawayo Urban and Peri-Urban School Based Feeding Programme.
International Conference Presentations
  • November 2010: Mexico City, International Forum: “The Gender Dimension in Climate Change and Risk Management”
    Title of paper presented: Gender and Climate change: South African Case Study
  • December 2009:  Copenhagen, United Nations Climate Conference.
    Title of paper presented
    : Climate Change in Southern Africa: Who bears the burden?
  • August 2008: Tunis,  31st International Geographical Congress
    Title of paper presented: Factors that heighten vulnerability to climate variability
  • November 2003: Italy, Trieste,  International Young Scientist Conference on Global Environmental Change
    Title of paper presented: Vulnerability to climate variability: A case study of     Botswana
National Workshops attended
  • April 2004: Johannesburg
    Southern Africa Vulnerability Initiative (Why different regions in southern Africa are vulnerable to global environmental change).
  • March 2003: Johannesburg, Assessment of Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change regional workshop
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