Lorena Pasquini

Honorary Research Fellow

Lorena Pasquini is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, working with the Global Risk Governance Programme, the Climate Systems Analysis Group and the African Climate and Development Initiative. She is also a World Social Science Fellow in Sustainable Urbanization (International Social Science Council) and sits on the Steering Committee of the Adaptation Network of South Africa. Some of her current areas of work and expertise on climate change adaptation include, among others: climate change risk, vulnerability and adaptation; climate change governance (at local government, urban and policy-making levels); climate change psychology, engagement, communication and behaviour change; and climate change health impacts and vulnerability. She has a background working as a researcher, consultant and practitioner on a variety of interdisciplinary issues located at the society/environment nexus. In the past Lorena worked for South Africa’s Working on Fire Expanded Public Works Programme, where she developed first-hand experience of the realities of adapting the country to the impacts of climate change. Currently, she works for Just Share, a non-profit shareholder activism organisation that uses research, engagement, advocacy and activism to drive urgent action to combat climate change and reduce inequality.

Publications include:

Bouwer, R., Pasquini, L., Baudoin, M-A. 2021. Breaking down the silos: Building resilience through cohesive and collaborative social networksEnvironmental Development. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2021.100646

Bourne, A., Pasquini, L., Donatti, C., Holden, P. and Scorgie, S. 2017. Strengthening the role of local authorities to support community-based adaptation: The role of South Africa. In Atela, J. et al (eds). Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries, ACTS Press 63-76.

Ziervogel, G., Pasquini, L. & Haiden, S. 2017. Nodes and networks in the governance of ecosystem-based adaptation: The case of the Bergrivier municipality, South Africa. Climatic Change 1-15.

Pasquini, L., Ziervogel, G., Cowling, R.M. and Shearing, C. 2014. What Enables Local Governments to Mainstream Climate Change Adaptation? Lessons Learned from Two Municipal Case Studies in the Western Cape, South AfricaClimate and Development, online publication.

Pasquini, L. & Shearing, C. 2014. Municipalities, Politics, and Climate Change: An Example of the Process of Institutionalizing an Environmental Agenda within Local Government. Journal of Environment and Development, 23(2):271-296.

Pasquini, L., & Cowling, R. M. 2014. Opportunities and Challenges for Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Local Government: Evidence from the Western Cape, South Africa. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 17(5): 1121-1140.

Pasquini, L., Cowling, R. M., & Ziervogel, G. 2013. Facing the Heat: Barriers to Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in Local Government in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. Habitat International, 40: 225-232. 

Pasquini, L., Fitzsimons, J. A., Cowell, S., Brandon, K., & Wescott, G. 2011. The Establishment of Large Private Nature Reserves by Conservation NGOs: Key Factors for successful implementation. Oryx: 45(03): 373-380.