Staff Profile:Dr Henny Osbahr

Dr Henny Osbahr
Job Title:
Associate Professor
  • Programme Director MSc Applied International Development
  • Teaching: Food Security and Development, Addressing Poverty and Inequality, International Development
Areas of Interest:
  • Rural livelihood transformations, agricultural innovation and food security
  • Climate change adaptation, institutional learning and resilience in practice
  • Governance of natural resources, political ecology and local knowledge systems
Research groups / Centres:

Key Facts:

Henny is an interdisciplinary geographer specializing in rural livelihoods and agriculture, climate change and development. She is interested in participatory social methods and the integration of these approaches within interdisciplinary research. Henny has a BSc in Geography, MRes in Environmental Sciences and PhD in Geography from University College London, where she studied the governance of natural resources and rural livelihood strategies in Niger. She then worked as a Senior Research Associate (2002-2005) on climate change adaptation in Southern Africa at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, based at the University of East Anglia, University of Sheffield and University of Oxford, as a Research Officer for the African Environments Programme and Tyndall Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (2005-2007). She joined the University of Reading in 2007 and was appointed Associate Professor in International Development in 2013.

She has worked as a consultant for DfID on Adaptation and DRR, the UNDP on Adaptation Mechanisms with coordination of case studies in Kenya, Egypt, Brazil, Vietnam, Mexico, and for the EC Development Directive/VARG (World Bank, DIFD, Red Cross Climate Centre, UN agencies, OECD) on Climate Change Adaptation, DRM and Poverty Reduction to support the implementation of the EU Action Plan on Climate Change and Development (with case studies in Africa, Asia and Latin America). She has acted a regular panel reviewer for the Research Council of Norway, the Innovation Research (RCUK, ESRC) and The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was a Visiting Examiner at University of Leeds, and is part of the Editorial board for the Journal of Ecology and Society. In 2014, she became a Visiting Professor at the Department of Environment and Livelihood Support Systems, Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda, and since 2015 has been contributing to the PARE Programme hosted by Hokkaido University, Japan, including in Indonesia.

Current and Recent Research:

  • Local approaches to supporting agricultural productive and managing impacts of climate variability and change in indigenous communities in Aurora Province, Philippines (Newton Fund) £100,000 (2018-2020)
  • Network for Interdisciplinary Partnership on Mineral Sector Development, Social Equity and Inclusion in Africa (Global Challenges Research Fund) £23,400 (2018-2019)
  • Adaptive Social Protection - Information for Enhanced REsilience (ASPIRE) in Senegal, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania (DFID) £830,000 (2017-2019)
  • Exploring diversification in food crops in Borneo, Malaysia (Crops for the Future Research Institute, Malaysia) (UK FCO) 2018
  • Building understanding of climate variability into planning of groundwater supplies from low storage aquifers in Africa (BRAVE phase II) Ghana and Burkina Faso (NERC-DfiD) (2015-2019) (£1.4m and £6800 for impact) (PDRA Dr Galine Yanon, Dr Zakari Saley Bana)
  • Enhancing Resilience to Agricultural Drought in Africa through Improved Communication of Seasonal Forecasts (ERADACS) (Global Challenges Research Fund) Case focus in Ghana (GCRF) (£157,910)(2016-2017)
  • Scaling up climate services for farmers in Africa and South Asia (USAID) (2014-2015) (PDRA Dr Graham Clarkson) (£150,000)
  • Developing and applying learning frameworks to support Climate Smart Agriculture projects in Africa. Phase II: Supporting the Rockefeller Foundation Climate Change Units in East and Central Africa (Rockefeller Foundation) (2012-2014) (£426,000)
  • Institutional learning and agricultural innovation for food security: understanding perceptions of climate risk in Uganda (Walker/ASACERA/ICRISAT) (2009-2012)
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change: building social-environmental resilience in practice, University of Indonesia (British Council) (2012)
  • Farmer decision making, climate change adaptation and agricultural innovation, Sudan (ASACERA-World Bank, SMA) (2009-2010)
  • Assessment of institutional learning and climate change adaptation support in UAE, Qatar and Oman (British Council) (2009-2010)
  • Rural livelihood transformations, climate change and environmental resilience in Uganda (British Council) (2005-2009)
  • Integrating climate change and DRR in Bangladesh (British Red Cross) (2008)

Current PhD students:

  • Babra Kuvuta - Assessing the role of social ties and peoples' attitude to environmentally-induced resettlement in Malawi (Second Supervisor, with Alex Arnall)
  • Bismarck Guba - Seasonal rural-rural migration as a livelihood adaptation strategy to mitigate livelihood threats among rural households in northern Ghana (Principal Supervisor, with Alex Arnall)
  • Aaron Alesane - Participation in microfinance programmes and poverty reduction in client livelihoods, the case of northern Ghana (Principal Supervisor, with C.S. Srinivasan)
  • Rinchen Lama - Negotiating Vulnerability: Context and Agency in Hydropower Development in Eastern Himalayan region of India (Principal Supervisor, with Alex Arnall)
  • Louise Abongu - Farmers' adaptation and resilience to climate change in Cameroon (Principal Supervisor, with Alex Arnall)
  • George Dakurah - Food security, farmer decision-making and climate change in northern Ghana (Principal Supervisor, with Alex Arnall)
  • Ibok Otu - Food security in Nigeria (Principal Supervisor, with C.S. Srinivasan)
  • Laura Imburgia - Women and water governance in Ethiopia and Mexico (Second Supervisor, with Sarah Cardey)
  • Yoshie Yageta - Local knowledge and soil fertility management in Kenya (Principal Supervisor, with Jo Clark)

Recent PhD supervision:

  • Sarrok Talhada (Reading 2018) Large-scale investments, agriculture and local livelihoods in Mozambique
  • Mark Neuse (Reading 2018) Too much success? Unintended outcomes of Ethiopia's State-led development
  • Sam Poskitt (Reading 2018) Environmental management using scenarios
  • Sonali Pradhan (Reading 2018) - Vulnerability and adaptation of coastal India: an integrated livelihood and development policy approach
  • Mackenzie Dove (Reading 2017) Determinants of food insecurity and reduced market potential: the influence of changing climates on small scale producers in Rwanda and Ethiopia
  • Richard Bwalya - Assessment of factors influencing household food security in Zambia (Split Commonwealth Scholarship with University of Zambia)
  • Damodar Pant (Reading 2016) The role of migration and remittance on livelihoods in Nepal
  • Esther Oenga (Reading 2015) Women's opportunities in the Kenyan soapstone industry
  • Raj Pandey - Addressing climate change through forest carbon management and community projects in Nepal
  • Hamza Adam (Reading 2014) Rural livelihood diversification and women in northern Ghana
  • Chandni Singh (Reading 2014) Understanding the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of Indian farmers (Rajasthan) in the context of water scarcity
  • Sidiqat Aderinoye-Abdulwahab (Reading 2013) Access to Extension Services, Gender Issues and Economic Empowerment of Pastoralists' Women of Northern Nigeria
  • Debodayita Raha (Reading 2012) Women and rural development in India: public-private partnerships in Rajasthan and Orissa, India
  • Aman Ramali (Reading 2011) Incentives for water pricing in north Africa
  • Naser Farid (Reading) Drivers of food security in monga-prone less favoured north-west Bangladesh: analysis and implications for policy making
  • Fidea Mgina (Reading 2011) Economic reforms and their impact on small farmer credit needs and food security in Tanzania
  • Sarah Cardey (Reading 2009) NGO Communication and HIV/AIDS vulnerability in Uganda
  • Isaiah Okeyo (Reading 2009) Land, gender and livelihoods : contestations and negotiations of land rights of women in different subject-positions in Luo land of western Kenya
  • Florence Crick (Oxford 2007) Adaptive strategies to drought in Niger and South Africa
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