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Nicholas Simpson

Nick is a Research Fellow with the Global Risk Governance programme and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Art of Resilience project from 2018-2019. He is currently a postdoc at the Africa Climate Development Initiative, University of Cape Town and Chapter Scientist for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - for IPCC AR6 WGII Chapter 9 “Africa Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” (2019 - present). Nick has been exploring the governance of harms through the lens of resilience. His main focus has been on how and why resilience has been employed as a means of understanding and responding to the unanticipated and severely disruptive Cape Town drought. His publications explore themes of resilience policing, resilience, transitions, vulnerability assessment and human capabilities to safeguard against the negative effects of harmful environmental decision making.

Some examples of Nick’s recent research:

Simpson, N.P., Shearing, C. & Dupont B. 2019. Climate gating: A case study of emerging responses to Anthropocene RisksClimate Risk Management vol. 26.

 Simpson, N., Simpson, K., Shearing, C. & Cirolia, L.R. 2019. Municipal Finance and Resilience Lessons for Urban Infrastructure Management: A Case Study from the Cape Town Drought. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (TJUE). https://doi.org/10.1080/19463138.2019.1642203

Liu Liu and  Simpson, N.P. 2019. Building a sustainable future: Environmental and economic sustainability: a practical guide. Tearfund.

Simpson, N.P., Shearing, C. & Dupont, B.. 2019. When Anthropocene shocks contest conventional mentalities: a case study from Cape Town, Climate and Development, DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2019.1609402

Simpson, N.P. and Krönke, M. 2019. Police in Zimbabwe: Helping hand or iron fist? Afrobarometer

Mutongwizo, T., Holley, C.,  Shearing, C.D. &  Simpson, N.P. 2019. Resilience policing: An emerging response to shifting harm landscapes, Policing.  https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paz033

Simpson, N.P. 2018. Accommodating landscape-scale shocks: Lessons on transition from Cape Town and Puerto Rico, Geoforum, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.12.005

Simpson, N.P. and Basta, C. 2018. Sufficiently capable for effective participation in environmental impact assessment? Environmental Impact Assessment Review, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2018.03.004

Simpson, N.P. 2018. Applying the capability approach to enhance the conceptualisation of well-being in environmental assessment. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, https://doi.org/10.1080/19452829.2018.1469118

Portia Adade Williams, Olivier Crespo, Mumuni Abu and Nicholas Philip Simpson, 2018. A systematic review of how vulnerability of smallholder agricultural systems to changing climate is assessed in Africa, Environmental Research Letters, http://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aae026