Joanne Jordan joined IDDRI from 2012 to 2013 as a research fellow on the CapAdapt Project, which focuses on climate adaptation in Bangladesh and Kiribati. She is an interdisciplinary researcher with experience in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Cambodia. Joanne has expertise in resilience to climate stress and social capital – with an emphasis on the most vulnerable. She is particularly interested in the interconnected problems of climate change, poverty and complex notions of risk.

Joanne completed her PhD on ‘Social Capital and Local Resilience to Climate Stress in Bangladesh’ at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. She has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Planning and a Postgraduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning and Landscape both at Queen’s University Belfast, and an MSc in Environmental Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

She is currently acting as chapter scientist for the IPCC Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report – Chapter 7 Food Security and Food Production Systems. Her previous post-doctorate research includes a project on the issues and challenges for relationships of exchange and reciprocity to enhance resilience to floods in Hoshangabad, India. During her PhD, she acted as a module coordinator of research skills and guest lecturer for local and regional sustainability at Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to her PhD, she worked as a researcher on spatial planning and regeneration in divided/contested cities at Queen’s University Belfast and as a research intern with Community Forestry International in Cambodia on a Sustainable Livelihoods and Non timber forest product project.