Janani Vivekananda
Head of Programme Climate Diplomacy and Security

Janani Vivekananda is Head of Programme Climate Diplomacy and Security at adelphi, where she specialises in climate change and peacebuilding. As a peacebuilding practitioner with a background in peace and disaster risk reduction field research and operations, the aim of her work is to connect ground realities with policy processes and vice versa to promote the linked goals of peace and climate action. Her work to-date involves designing and conducting participatory and inclusive research on climate-related security risks and responses, promoting risk informed responses, and increasing the capacity of governments and civil society to integrate climate and conflict risk into policies and field projects. Her particular interests and strengths lie in understanding the complexities of climate-, conflict- and natural-resource-related risks from a local contextual level and feeding these nuances into policy work. Janani holds master’s degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and from the University of Oxford.

“I am motivated by the desire to promote the linked goals of sustainable peace, development, and climate action. My aim is to ensure that every project I engage in does no harm, and actively does good to the peace and climate resilience context.”

Selected Projects

Selected publications

  • Developing risk or resilience? Effects of slum upgrading on the social contract and on social cohesion in Kibera, Nairobi

    Mitra, S, Mulligan, J, Schilling, J, Harper, J, Vivekananda, J 2017: Developing risk or resilience? Effects of slum upgrading on the social contract and on social cohesion in Kibera, Nairobi. In: Urban Ark Briefing, January 2017 ,
  • Developing Risk or Resilience? Effects of Slum Upgrading on the Social Contract and Social Cohesion in Kibera, Nairobi

    Mitra, S, Mulligan, J, Schilling, J, Harper, J, Vivekananda, J and Krause, L 2017: Developing Risk or Resilience? Effects of Slum Upgrading on the Social Contract and Social Cohesion in Kibera, Nairobi. In: Environment and Urbanization Vol 29, No 1 ,
  • Climate resilience in fragile and conflict-affected societies: Concepts and approaches

    Vivekananda, J., Schilling, J., & Smith, D. 2014: Climate resilience in fragile and conflict-affected societies: Concepts and approaches. In: Development in Practice,
  • On shrimp, salt and security: Livelihood risks and responses in south Bangladesh and east India

    Vivekananda, J., Schilling, J., Mitra, S., & Pandey, N. 2014: On shrimp, salt and security: Livelihood risks and responses in south Bangladesh and east India. In: Environment, Development and Sustainability, 16: 1141, 1141-1161.
  • Topic Guide: Conflict, Climate & Environment

    Vivekananda, J. and Peters, K. 2014: Topic Guide: Conflict, Climate & Environment. Evidence on Demand.
  • Understanding resilience in climate change and conflict affected regions of Nepal

    Vivekananda, J., Smith, D., & Schilling, J. 2014: Understanding resilience in climate change and conflict affected regions of Nepal. In: Geopolitics,
  • Vulnerability to environmental risks and effects on community resilience in mid-west Nepal and south-east Pakistan

    Schilling, J., Vivekananda, J., Nisha, P., & Khan, M. A. 2013: Vulnerability to environmental risks and effects on community resilience in mid-west Nepal and south-east Pakistan. In: Environment and Natural Resources Research, 3:4, 1-19.
  • Climate, Conflict and Fragility: Getting the Institutions Right

    Smith, D & Vivekananda, Janani 2012: Climate, Conflict and Fragility: Getting the Institutions Right. In: Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag,

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