Phu Doma Lama is a post-doctoral researcher at Division of risk Management and society safety. Her research interests lie in the area of societal adaptation to climatechange and disaster risks with a focus on gender, equity and justice issues. She defended her Ph.D. thesis titled “Consequences of Adaptation for Risks: In Nepal and the Maldives” at Lund university in 2019. In her thesis, she investigated the way communities in the Maldives and Nepal were adapting to a complex combination of changes not limited to climate. Theoretically anchored in political ecology, she used society as the vantage point rather than climate to understand adaptation. Her thesis emphasizes the need to adopt a critical approach to understanding the consequences of adaptation in relation to risk, with emphasis on dimensions such as goals, values, power, and looking at spatial and temporal scale.
Currently Phu is also engaged in research-based evaluation for two projects funded by SIDA and one by Forum Syd: International Training programme for Disaster Risk Reduction (MSB) involving four countries (Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Philippines); Environmental Governance Programme (Naturvårdsverket) where she looks at gender and participation issues; Community Resilience Project (Swedish Red cross).
Phu is contributing to the research at SASNET through her role as the coordinator for Gender, Climate and Disaster Risk Summer school offered in collaboration with SASNET. This collaborative summer school is led by the Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University. One of the core aims is to build on the earlier networks and bring together researchers from Scandinavia and South Asia to facilitate dialogue and co-create knowledge, in developing gender inclusive designs in response, recovery, and preparedness. More importantly, it aims to foster further collaboration as well as sustain it.
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