Wondwossen S. Wondemagegnehu Receives Prestigious Research Fellowship for Climate Change Adaptation
Wondwossen S. Wondemagegnehu, a second-year doctoral student in the Global Governance and Human Security Program and a research associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, received a prestigious international fellowship from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to pursue his dissertation work on the “Science-Policy-Practice Interface of Climate Adaptation: Learning from the Ethiopian Experience.”
The International Livestock Research Institute works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries and is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, which works for a food-secure future. In 2015, the Institute awarded two three-year PhD fellowships for research in Ethiopia and Senegal respectively. Wondwossen is the recipient of the fellowship for research in Ethiopia and will analyze the social dynamics of formulation and implementation of climate adaptation policy, examine how scientific information is (or is not) integrated into policy processes relevant to climate adaptation in the agricultural sector.
Wondwossen’s academic excellence has already been noted through the receipt of the McCormack Scholar honor at UMass Boston in 2014. His policy acumen has also been recognized through a number of awards, including for outstanding negotiator for the Minamata Mercury Convention.
His proposed research will develop an explanatory framework for the interconnection between climate change research, policy, and practice on the basis of empirical evidence at three levels: global, national, and local. It will analyze how global interface platforms such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) could strengthen their interaction with the local and national levels in an effort to address climate adaptation and broader sustainability questions.
Wondwossen will be supervised by his academic advisor Professor Maria Ivanova who is also a member of the UN Scientific Advisory Board to the UN Secretary-General and works on exploring ways to strengthen the Science-Policy Interface.
“The research that Wondwossen is undertaking is pathbreaking,” Ivanova noted. “It will bring new academic insights about how policy and practice communities interact across various levels of governance and will allow us to ground policy analysis into serious and systematic empirical work on science-policy interactions. Ethiopia, a progressive actor in this area, will be the perfect case study.”
The fellowship award package includes a stipend for three years, travel expenses to research sites and meetings with the ILRI staff as well as other relevant research costs. Over and above the financial support, the fellowship will enable Wondwossen to access substantive input from social and natural scientists working with ILRI. Through such collaboration, fellows are expected to produce peer-reviewed articles and policy briefs as well as a doctoral dissertation.