How can virtual tools support a team of international researchers amid the Covid-19 pandemic?

The 2019 Covid-19 pandemic is forcing humanity to develop adaptive measures for communicating, and virtual platforms have become the standard mode for personal and professional communication globally. This has been the case for a team of 60 international researchers, from Europe and Africa, collaborating on the interdisciplinary project BRECcIA addressing …

Tales of the unexpected: How to (hastily) design & deliver a two-week virtual workshop

The Coronavirus outbreak has changed everything and whilst we are rapidly rethinking our working arrangements and research approaches, the question arises: Can we move to online working for research, that is hold meetings, conduct research related activities and carry out training, and still be effective?  The GCRF BRECcIA project’s answer …

Developing participatory research skills in a dryland ecological restoration context:

Reflections from workshop participants and co-facilitators By Matt Kandel1, Nancy Kadenyi2, Janet Musyoka3, Fiona Ngarachu4 and Vallary Mutave5Ngila 1 Research Fellow in Environmental Anthropology, University of Southampton, 2 Environmental Project Associate, MetaMeta Research’,3 MSc student in Geography, Kenyatta University, 4 MSc student in Geography, Kenyatta University, 5Research Fellow, Kenyatta University From 16th-20thOctober Matt Kandel …

Building participatory research skills in northern Ghana: A field school approach

By Genevieve Agaba and Matt Kandel BRECcIA researchers from the University of Southampton and the University of Ghana recently held a participatory research skills training workshop for the benefit of early career researchers and development/agricultural extension staff in the Upper East Region of northern Ghana.  The workshop took place over a four-day …

Reflections on the BRACEDx multi stakeholder workshop

By: Fiona Ngarachu, Moses Muriuki[1], Claire Bedelian The BRACEDx (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters) project, held a multi-stakeholder workshop on the 21stof May 2019 at the ICT hall in Wajir County, Kenya. This workshop served as an end of project meeting to present the work that …

BRECcIA Training Workshop Enhances Collaborative Research among Early Career Researchers across the Globe

By: Eunice Shame-LEADSEA BRECcIA organised a two weeks training workshop which mobilised 23 Early Career Researchers (ECRs) of different disciplines across the globe. The workshop which took place from 3rdto 15thMarch was patronised by BRECcIA multidisciplinary ECRs team with overlapping interests in water and food security from US, UK, Kenya, …