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Reliable and affordable sources of energy are fundamental to development and prosperity of any community.

In many parts of the world, concerns over fossil fuel emissions, infrastructure costs and supply vulnerability to extreme weather or civil strife mean that electricity supplies cannot be taken for granted, and adds to the complexity of the issue of supplying daily energy needs to rural or isolated agricultural communities. The Walker Institute has, over many years, encouraged research, development and on-the-ground implementation of clean, green, low-emission energy sources for vulnerable communities in Africa and Asia.

A reliable electricity supply is more than just providing power for heating, cooking and lighting – it enables community access to computers and knowledge access to the internet for schools and farmers, cooling for vaccines and other vital medicines, power for mobile telephone networks and, of course, charging points for telephones, laptops and other portable devices.

Walker Institute partners with Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel for COP22

Walker Institute partners with Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel for COP22

Friday, September 16, 2016

Walker Institute has partnered with the Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) to exhibit at the 22nd United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP2...

Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Monday, November 7, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib “The Paris Agreement freed Climate Research” Jochem Marotzke, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Whilst our ...

Day 2 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 2 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib   “Our rainfall is changing, yet we need an encouraging method to show the benefits of new methods including us...

Day 3 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 3 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib ‘Only by co-coordinating can we ensure our collective impact is greater than the sum of its parts.’ Representat...

Day 4 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 4 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Thursday, November 10, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib “Two thirds of proven resources in oil, gas and coal need to be left undeveloped for a 2°C pathway.” Michael La...

Day 5 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 5 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Friday, November 11, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib Friday arrived and I think we’re both feeling that it’s been a long week! Dr Alick B. Muvundika came by the Walk...

Day 6 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 6 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Saturday, November 12, 2016

More COP adventures took place on Saturday too, although I think we’d both confess that we were quite relieved to find out that the majority of events...

Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Monday, November 7, 2016

COPbot makes its debut appearance today at the COP 22 climate change conference in Marrakech! COP 22 follows the Paris Agreement which came into forc...

Day 2 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 2 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The second day of COP22 in Marrakech included the official opening of the Indigenous Peoples’ & Local Communities’ Pavilion, accompanied by speeches, ...

Day 3 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 3 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Farmers Day at COP22. Session: Role of Farmers in the Implementation of the Paris Agreement Run by:  World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) and the Inter...

Day 4 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 4 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fossil fuels supply and climate policy Given that fossil fuels are responsible for approximately 85% of anthropogenic CO2emissions (IPCC), reducing t...

Day 5 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 5 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Friday, November 11, 2016

“No jobs on a dead planet” – Just Transition Email: sandra.hansen@pgr.reading.ac.uk Session by: International Trade Union Confederations (ITUC), Ind...

The Walker Institute Big Event

The Walker Institute Big Event

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Walker Institute Big Event – Wednesday 14 December On Wednesday 14 December, we will be holding our informal pre-Christmas ‘Big Event’. Guests wi...

Scientists ask Prime Minister to act on Trump climate policies

Scientists ask Prime Minister to act on Trump climate policies

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Director of Walker Institute, Professor Ros Walker is among the many leading scientists in UK climate research to sign a letter calling on Prime M...

Gender and Climate Change - a Global Issue

Gender and Climate Change - a Global Issue

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Climate change is something that affects us all. However, most at risk are low-income earners in the least developed countries and the majority of poo...

Improving the accuracy of essential African weather forcasts

Improving the accuracy of essential African weather forcasts

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A comprehensive new handbook about weather forecasting in West Africa could help safeguard lives and resources in the region.

New toolkit to raise risk awareness

New toolkit to raise risk awareness

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Raising Risk Awareness initiative assesses whether climate change has contributed to extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and heatwaves...

What can studying past climates tell us about climate changes happening today?

What can studying past climates tell us about climate changes happening today?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Blog by Sandy Harrison I was delighted to be spearheading a workshop held at University of Reading in July that brought together observationalists an...

Prof. Ros Cornforth to open the Oxfam Resilient Solutions symposium

Prof. Ros Cornforth to open the Oxfam Resilient Solutions symposium

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Professor Ros Cornforth, director of the Walker Institute has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the Oxfam Resilient Solutions symposium held i...

Upcoming Event: International Conference Climate Change impacts on Food & Nutrition Security

Upcoming Event: International Conference Climate Change impacts on Food & Nutrition Security

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Please read below for information about a very interesting upcoming event.  The Faculty of Food and Agriculture of The University of the West Indies,...

Adaptation Futures 2018 - Dialogues for Solutions

Adaptation Futures 2018 - Dialogues for Solutions

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Adaptation Futures is a biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) in co...

Climate Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Agriculture - Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

Climate Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Agriculture - Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The 13th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture will be held at 6:30pm on 14th November 2018 in the Madejski Lecture Theatre, at which three industry specialis...

Leave no one behind:  Walker Institute welcomes the Katowice Climate Package and calls for equitable collaboration

Leave no one behind: Walker Institute welcomes the Katowice Climate Package and calls for equitable collaboration

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Walker Institute welcomes the announcement by UNFCCC of the adoption of the Katowice Climate Package by COP24 negotiating parties. This robust set...

Royal Institute - Making a material difference to green energy

Royal Institute - Making a material difference to green energy

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Saiful Islam will show how atomic-scale modelling and structural chemistry are helping us explore new energy materials for a low carbon future

COP24: Walker Institute dinner, driving debate on the need for multi-sector, multi disciplinary approaches to climate change solutions!

COP24: Walker Institute dinner, driving debate on the need for multi-sector, multi disciplinary approaches to climate change solutions!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Check out our activities over COP24, our COP24 dinner with our Walker partners and our COPCAS project!

Join the Talanoa Call for Action

Join the Talanoa Call for Action

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Presidencies of COP23 & COP24 issued the Talanoa Call for Action calling for the urgent and rapid mobilisation of all actors to step up efforts.

What Really Happened at COP24

What Really Happened at COP24

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Join us for our annual post-COP debrief! Grab some food and settle down for an interesting and lively debate about what really happened in Katowice.

Rising sea level: The crisis on our doorstep

Rising sea level: The crisis on our doorstep

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Oceanographer & author John Englander discusses surprising scientific aspects of sea level rise, such as the latest projections for the coming decades...

New PhD Projects for 2019! SCENARIO NERC DTP

New PhD Projects for 2019! SCENARIO NERC DTP

Monday, January 28, 2019

Check out all the new amazing available PhD projects that SCENARIO NERC DTP are offering in 2019! Deadline for applications 1st February 2019!

Walker Welcomes Report on Glacial Melt

Walker Welcomes Report on Glacial Melt

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A recent report published by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and reported in The Guardian, found that limiting ...

COP24: Rachael Thornley on In trees we trust...

COP24: Rachael Thornley on In trees we trust...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Together with Scenario, we ran our annual COP Climate Action Studio. In addition to running interviews, our students had the chance to write blogs on ...

Walker welcomes Dr Andrew Bennett onto Board

Walker welcomes Dr Andrew Bennett onto Board

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Walker Institute is delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, BSc, DTA, MSc, DSc, FRSA, President of the Tropical Agricultural Association, on t...

HyCRISTAL: Filmmaking for a two-way dialogue in Uganda

HyCRISTAL: Filmmaking for a two-way dialogue in Uganda

Sunday, February 10, 2019

As part of the HyCRISTAL project, one of our post-doctoral research fellows, Dr Grady Walker, will be travelling to Uganda in March. Working with Futu...

NIMFRU: Katakwi Interviews begin

NIMFRU: Katakwi Interviews begin

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

As part of the NIMFRU project, members of our team will be travelling to the Katakwi district in Uganda this week to carry out vital fieldwork as part...

IDAPS: Big data to help plan for climate shocks in East Africa

IDAPS: Big data to help plan for climate shocks in East Africa

Friday, March 29, 2019

IDAPS is facilitating effective livelihood policies in the face of climate change for improved resilience to climate risk

Everyday Life and Environmental Change: Connections, Dynamics and Entanglements Conference

Everyday Life and Environmental Change: Connections, Dynamics and Entanglements Conference

Friday, May 31, 2019

Conference convenors: Alex Arnall, University of Reading, and Uma Kothari, University of Manchester.Although the everyday is commonly regarded as mund...

A climate of action

A climate of action

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Our Interdisciplinary Research Fellow Heather Plumpton told CONNECTED how she learnt to make a difference on climate issues through CSAT project

Integrating hydro-climate science into policy decisions for climate-resilient infrastructure and livelihoods in East Africa

Integrating hydro-climate science into policy decisions for climate-resilient infrastructure and livelihoods in East Africa

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Hon James Acidri MP Keynote speech from the HyCRISTAL AGM on 21 May 2019 in Kampala, Uganda

New RAINWATCH Handbook - A step by step guide to using RAINWATCH

New RAINWATCH Handbook - A step by step guide to using RAINWATCH

Monday, January 13, 2020

RAINWATCH, is an open-source, web-based GIS platform that provides rainfall data in near-real time from national weather stations and tracks the key s...

What really happened at COP25?

What really happened at COP25?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

We will be hosting our annual Post-COP event: What really happened at COP25? on Thursday 23 January 13:00-15:00 in Chancellors G05. Come along, grab a...

Advancing the knowledge and practice of climate services for climate resilience - ICCS6

Advancing the knowledge and practice of climate services for climate resilience - ICCS6

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Our Knowledge Innovations & Management Officer, Jacob Myers, recently attended the International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS6), read about hi...

Acauta Akoriok- ‘farmers get light’ - The power of weather information for rural farmers in Katakwi

Acauta Akoriok- ‘farmers get light’ - The power of weather information for rural farmers in Katakwi

Thursday, March 12, 2020

One of our PhD Students, Faith Mitheu, recently tavelled out to the NIMFRU project communities in Katakwi to observe the final FAMVAC and Listening Gr...

BRAVE: A 2-day training lab on adaptive social protection

BRAVE: A 2-day training lab on adaptive social protection

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Members of the BRAVE Project team were recently in Ghana to run three days of training workshops with in-country partners and other key stakeholders i...

UN Climate Change Summit COP26 postponed as a result of COVID-19

UN Climate Change Summit COP26 postponed as a result of COVID-19

Friday, April 3, 2020

In response to the announcement on Wednesday that the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, due to take place this November in Glasgow, has si...

Walker Institute Marks Earth Day's 50th Anniversary

Walker Institute Marks Earth Day's 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Director of the Walker Institute Prof Ros Cornforth had this to say: “One of the biggest barriers to making t...

Creative Reactions - Pint of Science

Creative Reactions - Pint of Science

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Posted on behalf of Chloe Brimicombe and Nerea Ferrando, PhD students in the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science. For all of t...

Pan-African Heatwave Health Hazard Forecasting

Pan-African Heatwave Health Hazard Forecasting

Friday, May 15, 2020

Over the continent of Africa there has been very little research on heatwaves, and the majority of research that does exist focuses on the Western Sah...

Visual Methods Action Research wins Impact award at UoR

Visual Methods Action Research wins Impact award at UoR

Monday, May 18, 2020

On Wednesday 13th May 2020, Dr Grady Walker, a Senior Research Fellow working at the Walker Institute and School of Agriculture Policy and Development...

FCFA HyCRISTAL Country Profile - Uganda

FCFA HyCRISTAL Country Profile - Uganda

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

HyCRISTAL implemented projects on urban WASH systems, rural livelihoods, WRM and lake transport infrastructure

FCFA HyCRISTAL Country Profile - Kenya

FCFA HyCRISTAL Country Profile - Kenya

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

HyCRISTALs four projects in Kenya focused on urban WASH systems, rural livelihoods, tea production, and lake transport infrastructure

Partners sign up to take the pain out of rain

Partners sign up to take the pain out of rain

Monday, July 6, 2020

Building on our MoU with the Sygenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) signed in July 2019, we are thrilled to announce the start of a new...

Reflection Blog: Montserrat Méndez-Buvandel on her time at the Walker Institute

Reflection Blog: Montserrat Méndez-Buvandel on her time at the Walker Institute

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

My name is Montserrat Méndez-Buvandel, I am a Mexican master’s degree student who had the fortune to do a short-term stay abroad in the Walker Institu...

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 11th -17th July

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 11th -17th July

Friday, July 17, 2020

        Coronavirus WHO COVID -19 Situational Report – 16 July Coronavirus global report: restrictions return around world as cases pass 13 mi...

A Presenter's Perspective on Farmers' Voice Radio

A Presenter's Perspective on Farmers' Voice Radio

Monday, July 20, 2020

Stella Akia has been a presenter and news anchor on ETOP FM, the most popular Ateso language radio station in Uganda, for 15 years. Between October 20...

Public Health - England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 18th-24th July

Public Health - England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 18th-24th July

Friday, July 24, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) WHO COVID-19 Situation Report – 23 July Global COVID-19 cases now total over 15 million Coronavirus: WHO reports record si...

Future Climate for Africa - Country Profiles Released

Future Climate for Africa - Country Profiles Released

Monday, July 27, 2020

We are excited to share the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) Country and Research Consortium Briefs. A collection of briefs providing a summary of the...

UPGro Film: Unlocking Africa's Groundwater Potential

UPGro Film: Unlocking Africa's Groundwater Potential

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Today marks the launch of an UPGro short film, highlighting the potential of groundwater for Sub-Saharan Africa, the challenges and opportunities of g...

BRAVE Project - Farmer Voice Radio...

BRAVE Project - Farmer Voice Radio...

Sunday, August 2, 2020

On the launch of the UPGro Film, we drill down deeper into the Farmer Voice Radio methodology used in the BRAVE project. For the last 7 years, the ...

Public Health - England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 27th-31st July

Public Health - England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 27th-31st July

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

  Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 UNDRR Sendai Hazards Report Launched International Science Council Hazard Definition & C...

Sendai Framework for DRR

Sendai Framework for DRR

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 (‘the Sendai Framework’) was one of three landmark agreements adopted by the United Nations...

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 1st - 7th August

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 1st - 7th August

Friday, August 7, 2020

Coronavirus WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) Situational Report – 6 August Coronavirus: Mexico's death toll becomes world's third highest Aus...

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 8th - 14th August

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 8th - 14th August

Friday, August 14, 2020

    Coronavirus WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) Situational Report – 13 August Coronavirus: Global cases surpass 20 million, but exper...

Repost: Stop fuelling the fire

Repost: Stop fuelling the fire

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Posted on behalf of Chloe Brimicombe, a PhD Student at the Walker Institute Over 2020, a group of 25 young people, aged 18 to 30 have been learning...

Methodology Brief Published for Award-winning Participatory Action Research

Methodology Brief Published for Award-winning Participatory Action Research

Thursday, August 20, 2020

On August 12th, Dr Grady Walker, a Senior Research Fellow working at the Walker Institute and School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, published...

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 15th - 21st August

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 15th - 21st August

Friday, August 21, 2020

  Coronavirus WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) Situational Report – 21 August Australia Young people want better disaster education after Bla...

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 22nd - 28th August

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 22nd - 28th August

Friday, August 28, 2020

  Coronavirus WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) Situational Report – 28th August India coronavirus: Covid strikes remote Greater Andamanese tri...

Was the importance of UK's August heatwave overstated?

Was the importance of UK's August heatwave overstated?

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

A recent article, published by The Guardian, suggests that the August heatwave experienced in the UK may have been overhyped. So is this the case? No...

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 29th August - 4th September

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 29th August - 4th September

Monday, September 7, 2020

  Coronavirus WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) Situational Report – 4th September Global coronavirus cases exceed 25 million India leads glob...

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 5th - 11th September

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 5th - 11th September

Friday, September 11, 2020

  WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management As the world and its population face ever-increasing challeng...

Meteorological Services Department of Zimbabwe joins the Rainwatch Alliance

Meteorological Services Department of Zimbabwe joins the Rainwatch Alliance

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

We are delighted to announce that data from the newest member of the Rainwatch Alliance – Meteorological Services Department of Zimbabwe – has been in...

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 12th - 18th September

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 12th - 18th September

Friday, September 18, 2020

  Coronavirus WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) Situational Report – 17th September Covid-19: New fear grips Europe as cases top 30m worldwide ...

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 19th - 25th September

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 19th - 25th September

Friday, September 25, 2020

  Coronavirus WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) Situational Report – 25th September   Australia At least 25 whales dead and more than 200 str...

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 26th September - 2nd October

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 26th September - 2nd October

Monday, October 5, 2020

  Coronavirus WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) Situational Report – 2nd October Coronavirus: Global Covid-19 death toll passes one million   ...

Learning to Co-Produce Course Goes Live on Walker Academy

Learning to Co-Produce Course Goes Live on Walker Academy

Monday, October 12, 2020

Today, the Walker Academy launched its latest online course: Learning to Co-Produce (L2CP). The three-month course, for post-graduate meteorological s...

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 3rd - 9th October

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 3rd - 9th October

Friday, October 9, 2020

  Coronavirus WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) Situational Report – 9th October   Brazil Covid: Brazil's coronavirus cases pass five million...

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 10th - 16th October

Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 10th - 16th October

Friday, October 16, 2020

  Coronavirus WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) Situational Report – 16th October    Australia Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals...

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