Working papers

Working paper 6 (August 2017): Towards developing a common language for climate change in the City of Cape Town

In collaboration with the City of Cape Town, using the development of the City’s Climate Change Policy document and the Green Economy, Energy and Climate Change forum as a basis, this Working Paper describes the process of engaging in a transdisciplinary process to better understand and attempt to circumvent language discrepancies at a city scale.

Working paper 5 (July 2017): Research methods for understanding and supporting decision processes in African Cities

This Working Paper reviews 12 decision-making methods to explore how different approaches may lead key people working in cities and surrounding urban areas of Southern Africa to make better-informed decisions about adapting to climate change. The review covers both decision-making process methods – that is, those that describe and provide insights about empirical cases of decision-making- and decision-making support methods – those that analyse normative dimensions of how a decision could be made.

Working paper 4 (June 2017):  Inspiring climate action in African cities: Practical options for resilient pathways

This working paper was developed in collaboration with partners in FRACTAL cities and showcases best practice methods for adapting to climate change in African city-regions.

Working paper 3 (March 2017): Transdisciplinarity, co-production, and co-exploration: integrating knowledge across science policy and practice in FRACTAL

In this FRACTAL Working Paper, the history and conceptual trajectory of transdisciplinarity, knowledge co-production and co-exploration are briefly discussed, and suggestions are provided on how these terms are being operationalized within the FRACTAL project.

Working paper 2 (December 2016): Dialogue for decision-making: unpacking the ‘City Learning Lab’ approach

This paper includes a literature review of key themes related to the origins of the City Learning Lab process that is being implemented within FRACTAL.

Working paper 1 (October 2016): Framework for needs-informed research: assessing climate processes

This paper presents a framework for needs-informed research targeted at addressing the FRACTAL objective to understand the climate processes driving the African regional climate system’s natural variability and response to global change in recorded history and climate model simulations.  In this paper, parallel top-down and bottom-up characterisations of climate processes are outlined, where each provides an alternative starting point to pursue needs-informed research.