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Ilaria Gallo

Research student

LEC Building Lancaster University Bailrigg Lancaster LA1 4YQ


United Kingdom

Research Interests

The overall aim of my research work is to understand the dynamics between science, knowledge production and policy development in the context of climate change. I wish to explore theoretical and empirical issues related to knowledge interactions, scientific and epistemic resources between climate change expert and non-expert communities across global North and South.

Through the analysis of my fieldwork in Malawi and the engagement with a range of theoretical approaches, including Science and Technology Studies, I will look at how climate change is experienced and interpreted locally and closely entangled with other issues – especially food security, gender and environmental equity.

Career Details

After my B.Sc. in Peace-Keeping, International Cooperation and Development and M.Sc. in Economics of International Cooperation and Development from the University of Rome La Sapienza, I joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Malawi where I worked for almost three years as Programme Analyst for Climate Change.

In Malawi I actively managed the flagship Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) and the National Strategy for Managing Climate Change, providing technical and implementation support in the area of climate change capacity development. I joined the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change in 2012 to work as Assistant Project Manager on the ORIENTGATE project, a large project funded by the European Commission through the South-East Europe Programme, involving 34 partners from 13 different countries.

I will soon take up a new assignment as Climate Change Specialist with
the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in
Geneva to work on the GEF-LDCF National Adaptation Plan Global Support
Programme in order to assist Least Developed Countries in developing
adaptation plans.