Name: Amos Apraku (PhD Candidate)
Research topic: Assessing risk perceptions and vulnerability in the context of climate change: The case of peri-urban communities in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Research areas: Poverty, Food Security, Climate Change, Risk and Vulnerability, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.
Objectives of Study:The main aim of the study is to examine vulnerability as well as perceived and actual risks posed by climate change in peri-urban settlements in Port Elizabeth and further to assess how assets mediate people’s risks perceptions and feelings of vulnerability. The specific objectives are;
- To assess the level of climate change awareness among peri- urban communities in Port Elizabeth and how climatic change is articulated in community level discussions.
- To analyse the actual risks associated with climate change in peri-urban Port Elizabeth according to available South African meteorological data and the extent to which communities are aware of these risks.
- To examine the extent to which residents’ assets mediate actual and perceived risks to climate change within their vulnerability context.
where Assets refer to:
- Physical capital, i.e. the stock of plants, equipment, infrastructure, and other productive resources owned by an individual, a household, a community, or a nation (see Moser 1998).
- Financial capital, i.e. the financial resources available to people, such as savings and supplies of credit.
- Human capital, i.e. investments in education, health and nutrition of individuals.
- Social capital, i.e. rules, norms, obligations, reciprocity, and trust embedded in social relations, social structures and societies’ institutional arrangements.
- Natural capital, i.e. the stock of environmental assets such as soil, atmosphere, forests, minerals, water and wetlands (Moser, et al, 2012).
- Ideational capital, i.e. indigenous knowledge about how to cope with adverse environmental conditions (see Akpan, 2011).
- Poverty and Urban Food Security in South Africa; the way forward. A paper presented at the 18th South African Sociological Association Congress, UCT, Cape Town in July, 2012 by A. Apraku and P. Moyo
- Peri-Urban communities’ risk and Vulnerability to Climate Change South Africa, the mediating role of Assets. A paper presented at the 1st National Delegates Conference on Global Change at Johannesburg in November, 2012 by A. Apraku, P. Moyo, and W. Akpan
Work in Progress
- Local knowledge, global ignorance; insights from African climate change study. A paper to be presented at the 19th South African Sociological Association Congress, UNISA, Pretoria in July, 2013 by A. Apraku P. Moyo, and W. Akpan
- Rural versus Urban Food Security strategies; Political gimmicks and recipe for ‘doomed’ posterity in Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. A paper to be published in a reputable journal by A. Apraku P. Moyo, and W. Akpan.