Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel

Associate Professor: Department of Environmental & Geographical Science
Climate change vulnerability and adaptation; urban governance; Southern African development; participatory research
Gina Ziervogel


Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel is a geographer by training, with 12 years of experience in the field of adaptation and vulnerability to global environmental change. She is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science researching issues related to development in a context of climate change. Through this she has focused on a number of areas including municipal adaptation strategies, institutional barriers to adaptation, flood governance, water and food security. Gina completed her PhD in Geography at the University of Oxford in 2002 after completing her BSc at the University of Cape Town and her Honours in Environmental Water Management at Rhodes University.

Research Interests:

  • Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change
  • Integrating climate information into planning
  • Southern African development under climate change
  • Urban environmental governance
  • Applied research

Gina's selected achievements include:

  • P-rated researcher by SA’s National Research Foundation (Prestigious award for young researchers)
  • Department of Science and Technology Winner of Young Women in Science 2015 (humanities and social science)
  • Lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) SREX report – Special report on extreme events and disasters
  • Editorial board member of Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Natural Hazard Science
  • Advisory board member for Stellenbosch University Food Security Initative
  • UCT College of Fellows Young researcher award and OpenCourseWare Excellence Award
Dr Ziervogel's full biography can be found here
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