Biography

Mark New is jointly appointed Professor for International Development at DEV and as Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town.  Over the last twenty years he has been at the forefront of climate change research in several fields: detection of climate change trends, climate modelling and scenarios, assessment of uncertainty in climate projections and impacts, especially water, food and ecosystems, and resultant adaptation strategies, and the implications of the failure of climate mitigation policies for climate impacts and adaptation.  His current research focuses on two main areas – barriers and enablers to adaptation responses to climate change, and resource nexus issues in the face of climate change, inequality and sustainability.

Mark is a member of the South African Global Change Science Committee and also the Future Earth Africa Science Committee, and an Editor for the journal Environmental Research Letters.  He is involved in a number of research projects, including (i) ASSAR which aims to understand barriers and enablers for effective and widespread adaptation to climate change in Semi-Arid regions of Africa and Asia, (ii) DIWCC, which is looking at resource trade-offs and socio-economic development in water-constrained catchments; (iii) the SARUA Curriculum Innovation Network, which is developing Masters level climate change and development curriculum, material and training for southern African universities.

Mark has a BSc Hons in Geology from the University of Cape Town, an MPhil in Environment and Development and a PhD in Geography, both from Cambridge University.  Prior to his current posts, he was, from 1999-2011 Lecturer, Reader and then Professor of Climate Science at the School of Geography, University of Oxford, and from 1995-1999 Senior Research Fellow at the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia.

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