Understanding social-ecological resilience in a cocoa producing region: a study of Ghana's Kakum Region

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Academic Profile

Christine holds an MSc in Conservation Biology (with Distinction) from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a BSc (Hon) in Evolution and Ecology (with Distinction) from the University of Western Ontario (UWO). After completing her MSc, Christine worked with Dr Henrik Ernstson at the Environmental and Geographical Sciences department at UCT on a project investigating the role of scale-crossing brokers in ecosystem governance. Following this she worked with Professor Graeme Cumming for two years at UCT as the project manager and researcher for the Spatial Resilience in Protected Areas project. Christine joined the Environmental Change Institute and the Ecosystems Lab in Oct 2014.

Awards
  • Clarendon Scholarship (2014-2017)
  • Patrick Niven Memorial Award for top MSc student (2012)
  • Robert T. Jones Scholarship at the University of St. Andrews (2006-2007)

Current Research

Christine's research focuses on investigating the relationships between humans and their natural environment using a Social-Ecological Systems (SES) approach. Her central research interests include the study of resilience and complex systems theory, network analysis in SES, disturbance and vulnerability in ecological systems and broad landscape change.

Doctoral Research

Christine's project will use a Social-Ecological Systems (SES) approach to gain a better understanding the interdependencies between humans and the environment in cocoa producing communities in Ghana. She will use modelling approaches to connect qualitative and quantitative data, and gain an understanding of the historical and future resilience of the region to social, ecological and political disturbance and change.

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