“His work to date has been driven by a desire to understand the implications of climate change in order to address them effectively.”
David Gawith is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge working on understanding the behavioural barriers to climate change adaptation in agriculture. His work to date has been driven by a desire to understand the implications of climate change in order to address them effectively. His academic interests are interdisciplinary and range from economics to development studies to earth systems sciences. Before starting his PhD, he conducted research into the impacts of climate change on water availability in southern New Zealand, the determinants of water stress vulnerability among rural communities in Nepal, and the economics of ecosystem-based adaptation to climate risks in Fiji.
In parallel with his research interests, David holds a strong interest in international climate change politics. He has been following developments in the international talks under the UNFCCC since 2012. He attended the 18th and 19th UN climate change conferences and worked as an editor for a newswire called the Verb during the 20th UN climate change conference in 2014. He will be attending the 2tst conference in Paris in December 2015 as a member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership delegation.
David also has an interest in scientific journalism and film, fuelled by recognition of the need to communicate scientific understanding to general audiences effectively. In 2012 he worked as a camera assistant for a documentary about the issues facing the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. More recently he shot and edited a short piece about the work of a youth communication and representation platform called Connected Voices at the 19th UN climate change conference in Warsaw. David is eager to learn more about film and media and he intends to work between the areas of academic research and media in the future.