The CMARN Steering Group provides overall leadership and coordination of core CMARN activities. Meet the members of the Steering Group below!
Masinde Muliro University of
Science & Technology, Kenya
Dr Nicodemus Nyandiko is a Senior Lecturer/Researcher in the Department of Disaster Management and Sustainable Development of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), Kenya. He holds a PhD in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development and is a member of the Africa Science and Technology Advisory Group for Disaster Risk Reduction. His research interests spanning over a 20-year period focus on food security, climate change and disaster risk reduction.
Prof Ademola Jegede
University of Venda, South Africa
Professor Ademola Oluborode Jegede is a Professor of Law and an NRF-rated researcher in the School of Law, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa. He holds degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, University of Ibadan and the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. He has been a research visitor to the Centre for International Environmental Law, USA and Human Rights Institute at Abo Akademi, Finland. His research principally focuses on the interface of climate change and biodiversity loss with the human rights of vulnerable populations.
Dr Rose Auma
Masinde Muliro University of
Science & Technology, Kenya
Dr Rose Auma is a Lecturer at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology ( MMUST). She holds a PhD in French Studies. She is a specialist in foreign language pedagogy, teacher training, linguistics and literature. Her research interests are in foreign language teaching, linguistics, psycholinguistics, translation and interpretation, gender issues and climate change. She is currently Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at MMUST and the Administrator for CMARN.
Dr Oluwatoyin Adejonwo
University of Lagos, Nigeria
Dr Adejonwo is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos and a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She holds a doctorate in International Environmental Law from the School of Law, University of Dundee. Her research interests and expertise span governance of the climate change process, the legal and regulatory frameworks governing the process, and the linkages with sustainable development, climate adaptation and mitigation. She has taught environmental law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at universities in Scotland and South Africa. She serves on the Committee of Experts providing legal, advisory and technical support on climate change to the Department of Climate Change (DCC) of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria.
Dr Thabo Ndlovu
National University of Science &
Dr Thabo Ndlovu is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS-NUST) under the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. He is the Project Coordinator of the partnership between IDS-NUST and United Nations World Food Programme on resilience planning in rural and urban contexts using the Three-Pronged Approach. He holds a PhD in Disaster Management and is a member of the first Africa Science Technology Advisory Group for Disaster Risk Reduction. His research interests focus on smallholder farming, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Dr Aondawase Targba
Federal University Gusau, Nigeria
Dr Aondowase Targba is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the Federal University Gusau, Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Sociology (Demography) at Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. He has over ten years of experience in teaching and research in demography, social statistics, and social research methods. He has additional training in disaster management research, displacement and migration, disasters, and climate change. His major research interests include climate change and forced migration. Dr Targba has enormous administrative experience as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences and is currently the Deputy Dean for Student Affairs, Postgraduate Coordinator at the Department of Sociology, and Coordinator for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at Federal University Gusau.
Dr Benjamin Schraven
German institute for Development
and Sustainability, Germany
Dr Benjamin Schraven is a Consultant and an Senior Associate Fellow of the German Institute for Development and Sustainability (IDOS). He holds a PhD in development studies from the University of Bonn (Germany). His research and consultancy work focuses mainly on human mobility in the context of climate change with a special focus on the African continent. Dr Schraven has been conducting commissioned studies and consultancy work on the climate-mobility-nexus for the European Union, the World Bank, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and several other agencies. He has been active as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Ghana several times.
Dr Tamara Wood
Kaldor Centre for International
Refugee Law, UNSW
Dr Wood is a Visiting Fellow at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney, and a Postdoctoral Researcher (external) at the Hertie School, Berlin. Her research interests are in international and regional refugee law, disaster and climate-related mobility, free movement of persons agreements and complementary pathways to protection. She has published widely on these topics and acted as a consultant and advisor to the Platform on Disaster Displacement, Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement, International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Institute for Security Studies Africa and the World Bank. Dr Wood is the former founding Co-Chair of CMARN.
Dr Cheikh Tidiane Wade
Université Assane Seck, Senegal
Dr Cheikh Tidiane Wade is a Research Professor at Université Assane Seck in Ziguinchor, Senegal. His work focuses on climate change, territorial development and migration. Dr Wade is Team Leader of a research project on migration, climate change, mobility, adaptation and resilience in West Africa and Asia. Over the course of his career, Dr Wade has participated in numerous international scientific symposia and developed a wealth of expertise in issues of climate change adaptation, particularly community resilience strategies and responses. He has carried out several missions on migration issues for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Swiss International Cooperation Service, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Dr Caroline Zickgraf
Hugo Observatory, University of
Dr Caroline Zickgraf is the Deputy Director of the Hugo Observatory: Environment, Migration, Politics in the Department of Geography at the University of Liège. Her main areas of research are the migratory impacts of climate change on coastal populations, transnationalism, migration and sustainability, and (im)mobility, primarily in West Africa. Dr Zickgraf has consulted for the World Bank, the Nansen Initiative, the Green European Foundation (GEF), the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), UN Environment, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on the links between climate change and migration.
International Organization for
Christina Daszkiewicz is a Project Officer with the Migration, Environment Climate Change and Risk Reduction (MECR) Division of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). She previously worked worked at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Oxford as a Knowledge Manager of weADAPT, and as as an intern with the Platform on Disaster Displacement.